Title: Voter Turnout, Information Acquisition and Education: Evidence from 15 European Countries
Authors: D'HOMBRES BeatriceBORGONOVI FrancescaHOSKINS Bryony
Citation: The BE Journal of Economic Analysis ans Policy vol. 10 no. 1 p. 1-34
Publisher: The Berkeley Electronic Press
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC61283
ISSN: 1935-1682
URI: http://www.bepress.com/bejeap/vol10/iss1/art90
DOI: 10.2202/1935-1682.2463
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: This article examines the impact of education on political participation in 15 European countries. We use data from the European Social Survey and find that education is positively associated with voter turnout and information acquisition about politics and currents affairs. However, when we use exogeneous changes in compulsory schooling to instrument education, we observe a statistically significant causal relationship in the case of information acquisition but not voter turnout.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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