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Title A Field Experiment on Engaging Women Voters in India
Post date 08/12/2018
C1 Background and Explanation of Rationale

Women constitute half of eligible voters in India, yet it is rare to see political parties mobilizing women as a concerted voting bloc, or grounding their electoral campaign on women-centric issues. In 2017, India's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chose to target women during local municipality elections by contesting a random set of constituencies on women-centric issues disseminated in private or public settings. Further, AAP crossrandomised this by using women canvassers to convey campaign messages in their door to door campaigns. In this paper, we study the eects of this new campaign in open and female-reserved constituencies on electoral outcomes and political participation by gender.

C2 What are the hypotheses to be tested?

We are primarily interested in the effect of the treatments on turnout, vote choice, and other forms of political participation, as well as in disentangling underlying mechanisms. Please refer to Section 6 of the PAP document for details.

C3 How will these hypotheses be tested? *

Due to random assignment, the ATE should yield an unbiased estimate of the effect of the treatments on turnout, vote choice, and other forms of political participation. We will report both unadjusted and covariate adjusted estimates, and the LATE in case of imperfect compliance. We are also interested in disentangling underlying mechanisms. Please refer to Section 7 of the PAP document for details.

C4 Country India
C5 Scale (# of Units) not provided by authors
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? Aam Aadmi Party
C11 Did any of the research team receive remuneration from the implementing agency for taking part in this research? No
C12 If relevant, is there an advance agreement with the implementation group that all results can be published? Yes
C13 JEL Classification(s) not provided by authors