NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

How Do Voters Respond to Information? Evidence from a Randomized Campaign

Chad Kendall, Tommaso Nannicini, Francesco Trebbi

NBER Working Paper No. 18986
Issued in April 2013

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We would like to thank Matilde Bombardini, David Green, Andrea Mattozzi, Jim Snyder, and seminar participants at Alicante, Bank of Italy, Bocconi, Carlo Alberto Turin, EIEF Rome, Harvard, LSE, MILLS workshop, MIT, Petralia workshop, Rotterdam, SciencesPo Paris, UBC, UK Leuven, and Warwick for useful comments. Federico Cilauro, Francesco Maria Esposito, Jonathan Graves, Nicola Pierri, and Teresa Talò provided outstanding research assistance. A large number of people were instrumental in implementing our experimental design: the mayor of Arezzo, Giuseppe Fanfani, and his 2011 reelection campaign, in particular Claudio Repek, were extremely cooperative throughout the entire process; Massimo Di Filippo, Fabrizio Monaci, and the team of “IPR Feedback” showed tremendous expertise in conducting the surveys. Nannicini acknowledges financial support from the European Research Council (under grant No. 230088). The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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