Time to Vote?
AbstractDespite the centrality of voting costs to the paradox of voting, little effort has been made to accurately measure these costs outside of a few spatially limited case studies. In this paper, we apply Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools to validated national election survey data from New Zealand. We calculate distance and travel time by road from the place of residence to the nearest polling place and combine our time estimate with imputed wages for all sample members. Using this new measure of the opportunity cost of voting to predict turnout at the individual level, we find that small increases in the opportunity costs of time can have large effects in reducing voter turnout.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5854.
Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2011
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Publication status: published online in: Public Choice, 2012, [Online First]
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Other versions of this item:
- D7 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making
- R4 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2011-08-02 (All new papers)
- NEP-CDM-2011-08-02 (Collective Decision-Making)
- NEP-POL-2011-08-02 (Positive Political Economics)
- NEP-URE-2011-08-02 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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