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Informatization, Voter Turnout and Income Inequality

  • Ryo Arawatari


    (Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University)

In 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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Paper 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.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2007
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Handle: RePEc:osk:wpaper:0728
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