Does Education Improve Citizenship? Evidence from the U.S. and the U.K. Kevin Milligan ~ Vancouver School of Economics ~ University of British Columbia

Does Education Improve Citizenship? Evidence from the U.S. and the U.K.

with Enrico Moretti and Philip Oreopoulos
Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 88, No. 9-10, August, 2004.
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Abstract:

Many studies document an association between schooling and civic participation, but none credibly investigate causal links. We explore the effect of extra schooling induced through compulsory schooling laws on the likelihood of becoming politically involved in the US and the UK. We find that educational attainment is related to several measures of political interest and involvement in both countries. We find a strong and robust relationship between education and voting for the US, but not for the UK. Our US results approach the UK findings when conditioning on registration, possibly indicating that registration rules present a barrier to participation.

Versions:

Published version, August, 2004: DOI.
Reprinted in Modern Classics in the Economics of Education, Clive R. Belfield (ed.). Edward Elgar, 2006: Book abstract.

Updated draft, October, 2003: PDF.

NBER Working Paper No. 9584, March, 2003: Abstract/Paper.


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