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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: September 2010
Keywords: education, voting, political participation, europe, compulsory schooling
Organisations: Leadership School Improve &Effectiveness


Local EPrints ID: 208203
ISSN: 1935-1682
PURE UUID: 608c6fe0-3f7b-4e73-9822-8e23cd2fa730

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Date deposited: 18 Jan 2012 11:50
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 10:48

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Author: Francesca Borgonovi
Author: d’Hombres Beatrice
Author: Bryony Hoskins

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