Congratulations to NOVAFRICA members, Pedro C. Vicente and Matilde Grácio for their article ”Information, get-out-the-vote messages, and peer influence: Causal effects on political behavior in Mozambique” published at the Journal of Development Economics.
Political accountability requires informed voters and electoral participation. Both have been lagging in many developing countries like Mozambique. The NOVAFRICA team studies the impact on political behavior of location-level distribution of a free newspaper and get-out-the-vote text messages aimed at mobilizing voters. As part of the design, the authors randomly assigned peers to experimental subjects in order to test for peer influence via text messages.