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.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.2202/1935-1682.2463
ISSNs: 1935-1682 (print)
Keywords: education, voting, political participation, europe, compulsory schooling
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ePrint ID: 208203
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September 2010Published
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2012 11:50
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 00:34
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/208203

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