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Alessandro Gavazza, London School of Economics

Internet and Politics: Evidence from U.K. Local Elections and Local Government Policies

Coautores: Mattia Nardotto y Tommaso Valletti

14 Diciembre 2017 - 17:00 hrs.

Sala 209, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Administrativas UC

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Abstract: We empirically study the effects of broadband internet diffusion on local election outcomes and on local government policies using rich data from the U.K. Our analysis suggests that the internet has displaced other media with greater news content (i.e., radio and newspapers), thereby decreasing voter turnout, most notably among less-educated
and younger individuals. In turn, we find suggestive evidence that local government expenditures and taxes are lower in areas with greater broadband diffusion, particularly expenditures targeted at less-educated voters. Our findings are consistent with the idea that voters’ information plays a key role in determining electoral participation, government policies and government size.