Informatization, Voter Turnout and Income Inequality
AbstractIn 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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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) in its series Discussion Papers in Economics and Business with number 07-28.
Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2007
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Income inequality; Information; Informatization; Voter turnout; Voting;
Other versions of this item:
- Ryo Arawatari, 2009. "Informatization, voter turnout and income inequality," Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer, vol. 7(1), pages 29-54, March.
- D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
- O15 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
- P16 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Political Economy of Capitalism
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2007-07-13 (All new papers)
- NEP-CDM-2007-07-13 (Collective Decision-Making)
- NEP-POL-2007-07-13 (Positive Political Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2007-07-13 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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