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Title The Effect of Tiredness on Political and Social Behavior
Post date 05/15/2017
C1 Background and Explanation of Rationale

The goal of this study is to investigate the effects of sleep-deprivation on political behavior. The project is motivated by previous work Holbein and Schafer (2016) indicating that discontinuous changes in sleep times at the borders of U.S. time zones correspond to changes in voter turnout and election results at the county-level. The proposed project builds on this research to precisely measure with micro-level data how a lack of sleep influences the way that individuals make political decisions and their ability to act on them. This project consists of an experimental study in which we induce changes in tiredness in the treatment group.

C2 What are the hypotheses to be tested?

1. Effects on vote intentions and political interest. Does sleep-deprivation lower vote intentions and a sense of civic duty?
2. Effects on attitudinal strength. Are sleep-deprived individuals more ideologically moderate?
3. Effects on willingness to act on attitudes. Does sleep-deprivation affect the willingness to sign petitions and engage in other forms of behaviorally measured
forms of civic participation?
4. Effects on mood. Does sleep-deprivation lead to more negative attitudes towards government and towards the world more generally?
5. Political knowledge effects. Are sleep-deprived individuals more overcon fident in their political knowledge and more likely to use mental shortcuts when they process information?
6. Effects on self-control. Does sleep-deprivation lead to lowers levels of grit, cognitive capacity, and patience?

C3 How will these hypotheses be tested? *

We will estimate the effects of assignment to treatment via OLS. We will show results both with and without pre-treatment controls.

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C6 Was a power analysis conducted prior to data collection? not provided by authors
C7 Has this research received Insitutional Review Board (IRB) or ethics committee approval? not provided by authors
C8 IRB Number not provided by authors
C9 Date of IRB Approval not provided by authors
C10 Will the intervention be implemented by the researcher or a third party? not provided by authors
C11 Did any of the research team receive remuneration from the implementing agency for taking part in this research? not provided by authors
C12 If relevant, is there an advance agreement with the implementation group that all results can be published? not provided by authors
C13 JEL Classification(s) not provided by authors