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Pre-Birth Factors, Post-Birth Factors, and Voting: Evidence from Swedish Adoption Data
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
New York University.
Stockholm School of Economics.
2014 (English)In: American Political Science Review, ISSN 0003-0554, E-ISSN 1537-5943, Vol. 108, no 1, 71-87 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyzes a rich Swedish data set with information on the electoral turnout of a largesample of adoptees, their siblings, their adoptive parents, and their biological parents. We use asimple regression framework to decompose the parent-child resemblance in voting into pre-birthfactors, measured by biological parents’ voting, and post-birth factors, measured by adoptive parents’voting. Adoptees are more likely to vote if their biological parents were voters and if they were assignedto families in which the adoptive parents vote. We find evidence of interactions between the pre- andpost-birth factors: the effect of the post-birth environment on turnout is greater amongst adoptees whosebiological mothers are nonvoters. We also show that the relationships between parental characteristics,such as education, and child turnout, persist even in the absence of a genetic link between parent andchild. The regression-based framework we utilize provides a basis for the integration of behavior-geneticresearch into mainstream political science.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge University Press, 2014. Vol. 108, no 1, 71-87 p.
Keyword [en]
Voting, genes, adoption studies
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-219241DOI: 10.1017/S0003055413000592ISI: 000332514800005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-219241DiVA: diva2:698684
Nature, nurture and political attitudes and behavior
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2014-02-24 Created: 2014-02-24 Last updated: 2014-05-05Bibliographically approved

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