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Communication and voting in multi-party elections: an experimental study

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We investigate communication and costly voting in multi-party election experiments. Turnout is consistently lower across electorate communication as compared with restricted communication within parties. Voters are more likely to choose the strategic voting option at the outset in restricted communication but more likely to start deliberation by stating their first preference when unrestricted. Distributions of earnings are more inequitable when communication is restricted and the candidate preferred by the minority of voters is more likely to win. We also find that even restricted communication significantly increases participation and strategic voting by swing voters, above and beyond induced identity effects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)F196-F225
JournalEconomic Journal
Issue number574
Early online date24 Feb 2014
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014


  • LUHAN_2014_cright_EJ_Communication_and_voting_in_multiparty_elections

    Rights statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Kittel, B., Luhan, W. and Morton, R. (2014), Communication and Voting in Multi-party Elections: An Experimental Study. The Economic Journal, 124: F196–F225., which has been published in final form at 10.1111/ecoj.12117. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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