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Studying More to Vote Less: Education and Voter Turnout in Italy

Elona Harka () and Lorenzo Rocco ()
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Elona Harka: University of Padova

No 12816, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: We use Italian municipality data on education and voter participation in national elections to estimate the effect of schooling on voter turnout. By adopting a fixed effect instrumental variable identification strategy, we find that education reduces voter turnout, more so in municipalities with higher income, lower social capital, which experienced political misconduct in the past and have low institutional quality. Analysis with individual data confirms these results. We discuss several mechanisms to rationalize our findings ranging from the opportunity cost of time to disaffection and civic protest.

Keywords: voter turnout; education; Italy; protest (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 I26 D72 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 45 pages
Date: 2019-12
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-pol, nep-soc and nep-ure
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