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Endogenous Voter Turnout and Income Redistribution

Go Kotera
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Go Kotera: Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University

No 716, KIER Working Papers from Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research

Abstract: In this paper, a simple model is proposed to endogenize voting behavior that incorporates a sense of duty to vote. We assume that a sense of duty to vote is an increasing function of a person's human capital and the public faith in politics, and those with a higher sense of duty often vote. Then, we examine the relationship between income redistribution policy and human capital accumulation. From our assumption, the voter turnout is expected to gradually increase as human capital accumulates. However, we show that, in some cases, the positive relationship between voter turnout and human capital accumulation is not necessarily hold. In addition, the effect of growing inequality on the redistribution policy is investigated.

Keywords: Voter turnout; Human capital; Income distribution; Redistribution (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D31 D72 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 25pages
Date: 2010-08
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-hrm, nep-ltv, nep-pol and nep-soc
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