Can Common Knowledge Improve Common Goods?

Research Design
  • In a context in which voters have little access to attributable information about national legislators, providing performance information will affect vote choice at the individual-level and vote-share at the village level.
  • Providing explicit arguments about the value of politician performance for voter welfare will amplify the effect of information provision on voter behavior.
  • By increasing the belief that others will vote based on a performance dimension, the provision of public information will have a greater impact on voter behavior than the provision of private information by facilitating coordination.
  • Common knowledge should produce a greater marginal impact in the civics message treatment relative to the treatment in which performance information alone is provided.