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

Pelkonen, P.; (2009) Length of compulsory education and voter turnout: evidence from a staged reform. (CEE Discussion Papers 108). Centre for the Economics of Education (CEE), The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE): London, UK. Green open access

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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.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Length of compulsory education and voter turnout: evidence from a staged reform
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://cee.lse.ac.uk/pubs/abstract.asp?index=3491
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/18631
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