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Endogenous Voter Turnout and Income Redistribution

  • Go Kotera

    (Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University)

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    In this paper, a simple model is proposed to endogenize voting behavior that incorporates a sense of duty to vote. We assume that a sense of duty to vote is an increasing function of a person's human capital and the public faith in politics, and those with a higher sense of duty often vote. Then, we examine the relationship between income redistribution policy and human capital accumulation. From our assumption, the voter turnout is expected to gradually increase as human capital accumulates. However, we show that, in some cases, the positive relationship between voter turnout and human capital accumulation is not necessarily hold. In addition, the effect of growing inequality on the redistribution policy is investigated.

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    Paper provided by Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research in its series KIER Working Papers with number 716.

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    Length: 25pages
    Date of creation: Aug 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:kyo:wpaper:716
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