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Replication data for: A Test for the Rational Ignorance Hypothesis: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Brazil

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1
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Creator
  • Lopez de Leon, Fernanda Leite
  • Rizzi, Renata
Publication Date
2014-01-03
Description
  • Abstract

    This paper tests the rational ignorance hypothesis by Downs (1957). This theory predicts that people do not acquire costly information to educate their votes. We provide new estimates for the effect of voting participation by exploring the Brazilian dual voting system- voluntary and compulsory- whose exposure is determined by citizens' date of birth. Using a fuzzy RD approach and data from a self-collected survey, we find no impact of voting on individuals' political knowledge or information consumption. Our results corroborate Downs' predictions and refute the conjecture by Lijphart (1997) that compulsory voting stimulates civic education.
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  • Is supplemented by
    DOI: 10.1257/pol.6.4.380 (Text)
Publications
  • Lopez de Leon, Fernanda Leite, and Renata Rizzi. “A Test for the Rational Ignorance Hypothesis: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Brazil.” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 6, no. 4 (November 2014): 380–98. https://doi.org/10.1257/pol.6.4.380.
    • ID: 10.1257/pol.6.4.380 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2019-10-13 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-10-13

Lopez de Leon, Fernanda Leite; Rizzi, Renata (2014): Replication data for: A Test for the Rational Ignorance Hypothesis: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Brazil. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E114885V1