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Length of compulsory education and voter turnout—evidence from a staged reform

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  • Panu Pelkonen

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In this study, a long-term impact of additional schooling at the lower end of the educational distribution is measured on voter turnout. Schooling is instrumented with a staged Norwegian school reform, which increased minimum attainment by two years - from seven to nine. The impact is measured at two levels: individual, and municipality level. Both levels of analysis suggest that the additional education has no effect on the turnout rates. At the individual level, the impact of education is also tested on various measures of civic outcomes. Of these, only the likelihood of signing a petition is positively affected by education.

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Volume (Year): 150 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 51-75

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Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:150:y:2012:i:1:p:51-75

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Keywords: Education; Externalities; Voter turnout; School reform;

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  1. Claus Michelsen & Peter Boenisch & Benny Geys, 2014. "(De)Centralization and voter turnout: theory and evidence from German municipalities," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 159(3), pages 469-483, June.
  2. Arnaud Chevalier & Orla Doyle, 2012. "SCHOOLING AND VOTER TURNOUT: Is there an American Exception?," Working Papers 201210, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.

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