Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies
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Elisabeth King
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Sam Williams
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K. Ochieng' Opalo
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Brief 44: Examining Ethnicity-Based Voting Under High & Low Information Settings in Benin

To understand how access to information influences ethnic voting, the authors implemented a field experiment during the 2015 National Assembly elections in Benin. Voters have poor information on these legislative races, and also vary in their shared ethnicity with the incumbent in their constituency. These factors allowed the authors to provide information to voters to examine how they updated their beliefs about the candidate, conditional on their shared ethnicity with the incumbent. The authors conducted the field experiment in 30 administrative communes.
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