Diffusing Political Concerns: How Unemployment Information Passed between Social Ties Influences Danish Voters

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Diffusing Political Concerns: How Unemployment Information Passed between Social Ties Influences Danish Voters. / Alt, James E.; Jensen, Amalie Sofie; Larreguy, Horacio; Lassen, David Dreyer; Marshall, John .

I: Journal of Politics, 01.01.2020.

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Alt, JE, Jensen, AS, Larreguy, H, Lassen, DD & Marshall, J 2020, 'Diffusing Political Concerns: How Unemployment Information Passed between Social Ties Influences Danish Voters', Journal of Politics.

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Alt, J. E., Jensen, A. S., Larreguy, H., Lassen, D. D., & Marshall, J. (Accepteret/In press). Diffusing Political Concerns: How Unemployment Information Passed between Social Ties Influences Danish Voters. Journal of Politics.

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Alt JE, Jensen AS, Larreguy H, Lassen DD, Marshall J. Diffusing Political Concerns: How Unemployment Information Passed between Social Ties Influences Danish Voters. Journal of Politics. 2020 jan 1.

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Alt, James E. ; Jensen, Amalie Sofie ; Larreguy, Horacio ; Lassen, David Dreyer ; Marshall, John . / Diffusing Political Concerns: How Unemployment Information Passed between Social Ties Influences Danish Voters. I: Journal of Politics. 2020.

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abstract = "While social pressure is widely believed to influence voters, evidence that informa- tion passed between social ties affects beliefs, policy preferences, and voting behav- ior is limited. We investigate whether information about unemployment shocks dif- fuses through networks of strong and mostly weak social ties and influences voters in Denmark. We link surveys with population-level administrative data that logs un- employment shocks afflicting respondents’ familial, vocational, and educational net- works. Our results show that the share of second-degree social ties—individuals that voters learn about indirectly—that became unemployed within the last year increases a voter’s perception of national unemployment, self-assessed risk of becoming unem- ployed, support for unemployment insurance, and voting for left-wing political parties. Voters’ beliefs about national aggregates respond to all shocks equally, whereas sub- jective perceptions and preferences respond primarily to unemployment shocks afflict- ing second-degree ties in similar vocations. This suggests that information diffusion through social ties principally affects political preferences via egotropic—rather than sociotropic—motives.",
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AB - While social pressure is widely believed to influence voters, evidence that informa- tion passed between social ties affects beliefs, policy preferences, and voting behav- ior is limited. We investigate whether information about unemployment shocks dif- fuses through networks of strong and mostly weak social ties and influences voters in Denmark. We link surveys with population-level administrative data that logs un- employment shocks afflicting respondents’ familial, vocational, and educational net- works. Our results show that the share of second-degree social ties—individuals that voters learn about indirectly—that became unemployed within the last year increases a voter’s perception of national unemployment, self-assessed risk of becoming unem- ployed, support for unemployment insurance, and voting for left-wing political parties. Voters’ beliefs about national aggregates respond to all shocks equally, whereas sub- jective perceptions and preferences respond primarily to unemployment shocks afflict- ing second-degree ties in similar vocations. This suggests that information diffusion through social ties principally affects political preferences via egotropic—rather than sociotropic—motives.

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