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Electoral apathy among Chilean youth: New evidence for the voter registration dilemma

Andrés Acuña-Duarte ()

Estudios Gerenciales, 2017, vol. 33, issue 145, 341-351

Abstract: The decision of voter enrollment among Chilean youth is re-examined in this paper. Geographical and gender differences regarding what determines voter-registration rate among youth are also explored. Electoral and socioeconomic data are collected from 272 Chilean counties in order to estimate the fractional-response and the random-effects Tobit models. The results indicate that the voter registration rate is higher among lower-income youth, which differs from earlier studies, and redefines the implications of a class-biased electorate in Chile. Furthermore, the evidence suggests an increasing political disaffection among indigenous youth that reside in rural counties.

Keywords: Electoral engagement; Youth vote; Fractional response; Random effects; Tobit (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C23 D72 O10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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