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How does education affect adolescents'€™ political development?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government. Univ Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government. Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government. Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation.
2016 (English)In: Economics of Education Review, ISSN 0272-7757, E-ISSN 1873-7382, Vol. 53, 182-193 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper employs a between-grades regression discontinuity design to estimate the causal effect of education on political knowledge, intention to participate and democratic values. Using data on attitudes and knowledge among about 30,000 students from Greece, Norway, Slovenia and Sweden, we employ a fuzzy regression discontinuity design in which we exploit the exogenous variation related to school entry age. By comparing students who are born around the New Year cut-off point we estimate the causal effect of the ninth year of schooling. Results show that an additional year of schooling has no detectable effect on political knowledge, democratic values or political participation.

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2016. Vol. 53, 182-193 p.
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Efficiency; Human capital; Political socialization
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-291357DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2016.03.015ISI: 000381534700013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-291357DiVA: diva2:930801
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Available from: 2016-05-25 Created: 2016-05-02 Last updated: 2016-10-06Bibliographically approved

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