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Informatization, voter turnout and income inequality

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  • Ryo Arawatari

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In recent years, voter turnout has been decreasing in most industrial countries, and about 40% of all electors abstain from voting. This may affect income inequality and the GDP growth rate through a redistribution policy determined by majority voting. In this paper, we explore the reasons for this continuing decrease in voter turnout and assess its social costs. We conclude that informatization lowers voter turnout by generating an information overload, and that a decrease in voter turnout lowers GDP growth by limiting income redistribution.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal The Journal of Economic Inequality.

Volume (Year): 7 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 29-54

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jecinq:v:7:y:2009:i:1:p:29-54

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Keywords: Income inequality; Information; Informatization; Voter turnout; Voting; D31; O15; O41; P16;

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