Careful what you say: The effect of manipulative information on the 2013 Czech presidential run-off election

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GUZI Martin MIKULA Štěpán

Year of publication 2021
Type Article in Periodical
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Faculty of Economics and Administration

Keywords Manipulative information; Voting; Sudetenland; 2013 Czech presidential election
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Description We exploit a quasi-natural experiment that emerged during the Czech presidential run-off election to identify the impact of inaccurate and misleading information on electoral outcomes. A political campaign associated a vote for one of the candidates with a legally and politically unfounded risk relevant to people owning houses confiscated from ethnic Germans after the Second World War. Using municipality-level data in a difference-in-differences framework, our analysis suggests that the manipulative campaign affected the electoral outcomes and increased voter turnout in municipalities with a higher share of voters at risk of the unproven threat to housing ownership. (c) 2021 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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