"A Link Between Schooling and the Quality of Political Choices: Does a Higher Level of Education Help Democracies to Choose Better Policies?"
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Effect of education, policy choices, miracle of aggregation, rational voter, the 2006 CCES survey, higher education, 4 year college, systematic error
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-203609OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-203609DiVA: diva2:637071
Nordin, Mattias, Forskare
Elinder, Mikael, Biträdande lektor