Seminar in Public Economics - Do Lifecycle Events Matter for Voter Turnout? Evidence from the British Cohort Panel Survey

Wann
Montag, 22. Oktober 2018
17.00 – 18.30 Uhr

Wo
F425

Veranstalter
Juniorprofessur für Bildungs- und Arbeitsökonomik

ReferentIn:
Tomohito Okabe (Hitotsubashi University Tokyo)

Do Lifecycle Events Matter for Voter Turnout? Evidence from the British Cohort Panel Survey

Abstract
In many developed countries, in national elections the voter turnout among older citizens is higher than among younger citizens. This seems to imply that people are more likely to vote as they get older, but it remains unclear how and what socio-economic channels shape this pattern.
This study attempts to empirically fill some of the gaps in understanding by arguing that lifecycle events (e.g. getting a job or getting married) cause people to mature over time and foster political engagement. Our results suggest that lifecycle events positively affect individual voting participation.

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