Will a Five-Minute Discussion Change Your Mind? Countrywide Experiment on Voter Choice in France
- American Economic Review (Forthcoming)
This paper provides the first estimate of the effect of door-to-door canvassing on actual
electoral outcomes, via a countrywide experiment embedded in François Hollande's
campaign in the 2012 French presidential election. While existing experiments randomized
door-to-door visits at the individual level, the scale of this campaign (five million
doors knocked) enabled randomization by precinct, the level at which vote shares are
recorded administratively. Visits did not affect turnout, but increased Hollande's vote
share in the first round and accounted for one fourth of his victory margin in the second.
Visits' impact persisted in later elections, suggesting a lasting persuasion effect.
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