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Decreaseing turnout - a blessing or a curse?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay presents empirical tests of one of the conclusions from Bryan Caplan's 2007 book The Myth of the Rational Voter. Caplan claims that voters suffer from systematic biases about economic policy that through elections affects economic policy negatively. I derive three hypotheses from Caplan's theory and test them on a cross-country panel of 19 countries covering the time 1973 to 2009. The hypotheses stipulate that increased turnout lead to lower economic freedom, lower levels of foreign aid and higher inflation. After controlling for country specific effects turnout does not seem to have the effect stipulated in the three hypotheses.

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2010. , p. 41
Keywords [en]
public choice, rationality, turnout, democracy
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-126568OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-126568DiVA, id: diva2:324974
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2010-06-07, Ekonomikum, KyrkogÄrdsgatan 10 753 13, UPPSALA, 20:42 (English)
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2010-06-17 Created: 2010-06-16 Last updated: 2010-06-17Bibliographically approved

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