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Length of compulsory education and voter turnout: evidence from a staged reform

Pelkonen, Panu (2009) Length of compulsory education and voter turnout: evidence from a staged reform. CEE discussion papers, CEEDP0108. Centre for the Economics of Education, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

In this study, a long-term impact of additional schooling at the lower end of the educational distribution is measured on voter turnout. Schooling is instrumented with a staged Norwegian school reform, which increased minimum attainment by two years – from seven to nine. The impact is measured at two levels: individual, and municipality level. Both levels of analysis suggest that the additional education has no effect on the turnout rates. At the individual level, the impact of education is also tested on various measures of civic outcomes. Of these, only the likelihood of signing a petition is positively affected by education.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Additional Information: © 2009 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
L Education > LA History of education
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for the Economics of Education (CEE)
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: CEEDP0108
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2010 11:06
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/28280/

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