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

By Panu Pelkonen


This study estimates the impact of education on voter turnout. The identification relies on a reform, which increased the length of compulsory schooling in Norway from seven to nine years. The impact is measured both at the individual, and the municipality level. Both sets of analysis suggest that additional education has no effect on voter turnout. The impact of education on various measures of civic outcomes is also estimated. Of these, only the likelihood of signing a petition is found to be positively affected by education

Topics: H Social Sciences (General), JA Political science (General), L Education (General)
Publisher: Springer
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.1007/s11127-010-9689-3
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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