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Peers' Race in Adolescence and Voting Behavior

Maria Polipciuc (), Frank Cörvers () and Raymond Montizaan ()
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Maria Polipciuc: Maastricht University

No 14140, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Using a representative longitudinal survey of U.S. teenagers, we investigate how peer racial composition in high school affects individual turnout of young adults. We exploit across-cohort, within-school differences in peer racial composition. One within-school standard deviation increase in the racial diversity index leads to a 2.2 percent increase in the probability of being registered to vote seven years later and to a 2.6 percent higher probability of voting six years later. These effects are likely due to positive interracial contact when socialization has long-lasting effects: higher racial diversity in school is linked to more interracial friendships in school and later on.

Keywords: voting behavior; school-cohort racial diversity; peers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 I24 J15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 58 pages
Date: 2021-02
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-soc and nep-ure
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