Schooling and voter turnout : is there an American exception?

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dc.contributor.author Chevalier, Arnaud
dc.contributor.author Doyle, Orla
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-09T15:43:13Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-09T15:43:13Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3601
dc.description.abstract One of the most consistent findings in studies of electoral behaviour is that individuals with higher education have a greater propensity to vote. The nature of this relationship is much debated, with US studies generally finding evidence of a causal relationship, while European studies generally reporting no causal effect. To assess whether the US is an exception we rely on an international dataset incorporating 38 countries, the ISSP (International Social Survey Programme) from 1985 to 2010. Both instrumental variable and multi-level modelling approaches reveal that the US is an outlier regarding the relationship between education and voter turnout. Moreover country-specific institutional and economic factors do not explain the heterogeneity in the relationship of interest. Alternatively, we show that disenfranchisement laws in the U.S. mediates the effect of education on voter turnout, such that the education gradient in voting is greater in U.S. States with the harshest disenfranchisement legislature. As such, the observed relationship between education and voting is partly driven by the effect of education on crime. en
dc.description.sponsorship Other funder en
dc.format.extent 297744 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Dublin. School of Economics en
dc.relation.ispartofseries UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Series en
dc.relation.ispartofseries WP12/13 en
dc.relation.requires Economists Online Collection & RePEc en
dc.subject Voter turnout en
dc.subject Education en
dc.subject Disenfranchisement laws en
dc.subject.lcsh Voting research en
dc.subject.lcsh Educational attainment en
dc.subject.lcsh Suffrage en
dc.title Schooling and voter turnout : is there an American exception? en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions http://www.ucd.ie/t4cms/WP12_13.pdf en
dc.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.neeo.contributor Chevalier|Arnaud|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor Doyle|Orla|aut| en
dc.description.othersponsorship European Science Foundation’s Human Values, Institutions and Behaviour (HumVIB)program “Cross-national and Multi-level Analysis of Human Values, Institutions and Behaviour en
dc.description.admin ke, ab, sp - TS 18.04.12 en


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