Schooling and voter turnout : is there an American exception?

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
WP12_13.pdf290.77 kBAdobe PDFDownload
Title: Schooling and voter turnout : is there an American exception?
Authors: Chevalier, Arnaud
Doyle, Orla
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3601
Date: Apr-2012
Abstract: One of the most consistent findings in studies of electoral behaviour is that individuals with higher education have a greater propensity to vote. The nature of this relationship is much debated, with US studies generally finding evidence of a causal relationship, while European studies generally reporting no causal effect. To assess whether the US is an exception we rely on an international dataset incorporating 38 countries, the ISSP (International Social Survey Programme) from 1985 to 2010. Both instrumental variable and multi-level modelling approaches reveal that the US is an outlier regarding the relationship between education and voter turnout. Moreover country-specific institutional and economic factors do not explain the heterogeneity in the relationship of interest. Alternatively, we show that disenfranchisement laws in the U.S. mediates the effect of education on voter turnout, such that the education gradient in voting is greater in U.S. States with the harshest disenfranchisement legislature. As such, the observed relationship between education and voting is partly driven by the effect of education on crime.
Funding Details: Other funder
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Economics
Keywords: Voter turnout;Education;Disenfranchisement laws
Subject LCSH: Voting research
Educational attainment
Suffrage
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers

Show full item record

Google ScholarTM

Check


This item is available under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland. No item may be reproduced for commercial purposes. For other possible restrictions on use please refer to the publisher's URL where this is made available, or to notes contained in the item itself. Other terms may apply.