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"A Link Between Schooling and the Quality of Political Choices: Does a Higher Level of Education Help Democracies to Choose Better Policies?"
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this paper I enter in an unexplored field of the study of political decisions: the effect of a higher education on the quality of policy choices. I will study if attending a 4 year college can lead the voter to a more open-minded attitude and away from the conservative vision inborn in the average voter. Using as reference the thesis of Caplan on the systematic error of the voter I will study the choices of the citizen on five different policy proposals. The results will show how the voters, although not always, typically obtain a benefit from attending a 4 year college, implying that a more educated citizen would benefit democracy, reviving a debate in politics devoid of biases.

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Effect of education, policy choices, miracle of aggregation, rational voter, the 2006 CCES survey, higher education, 4 year college, systematic error
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-203609OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-203609DiVA: diva2:637071
Available from: 2013-07-16 Created: 2013-07-16 Last updated: 2013-07-16Bibliographically approved

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