Replication data for: A Test for the Rational Ignorance Hypothesis: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Brazil

Renata Rizzi & Fernanda Leite Lopez De Leon
This paper tests the rational ignorance hypothesis by Downs (1957). This theory predicts that people do not acquire costly information to educate their votes. We provide new estimates for the effect of voting participation by exploring the Brazilian dual voting system- voluntary and compulsory- whose exposure is determined by citizens' date of birth. Using a fuzzy RD approach and data from a self-collected survey, we find no impact of voting on individuals' political knowledge or...
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