Voter turnout, information acquisition and education: evidence from 15 European countries

Borgonovi, Francesca, Beatrice, d’Hombres and Hoskins, Bryony (2010) Voter turnout, information acquisition and education: evidence from 15 European countries. The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, 10, (1), 1-32. (doi:10.2202/1935-1682.2463).


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This article examines the impact of education on political participation in 15 European countries. We use data from the European Social Survey and find that education is positively associated with voter turnout and information acquisition about politics and currents affairs. However, when we use exogeneous changes in compulsory schooling to instrument education, we observe a statistically significant causal relationship in the case of information acquisition but not voter turnout.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.2202/1935-1682.2463
ISSNs: 1935-1682 (electronic)
Keywords: education, voting, political participation, europe, compulsory schooling
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Southampton Education School > Leadership, School Improvement and Effectiveness (LSIE)
ePrint ID: 208203
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
September 2010Published
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2012 11:50
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:48

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