Social identity and voter turnout

Avi Ben-Basaṭ, Momi Dahan

Research output: Working paper/preprintWorking paper


This paper uses the unique social structure of Arab communities to examine the effect of social identity on voter turnout. We first show that voters are more likely to vote for a candidate who shares their social group (signified by last name) as compared to other candidates. Using last name as a measure of group affiliation, we find an inverted U-shaped relationship between group size and voter turnout which is consistent with theoretical models that reconcile the paradox of voting by incorporating groups behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMunich
PublisherCESifo Group
Number of pages37
StatePublished - 2008

Publication series

NameCESifo Working Paper Series
PublisherCESifo Group


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