Why do high income people participate more in politics?
To rationally explain political participation, two factors must be taken into account: a) the opportunity costs of the time expended, and b) the productivity of time use in performing political activities. Ceteris paribus, the higher a), the lower is participation and the higher b), the higher is participation. A combination of these factors gives the following tendencies. Copyright Center for Study of Public Choice Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 1971
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- Anthony Downs, 1957. "An Economic Theory of Political Action in a Democracy," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 65, pages 135.
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