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Voter turnout and the size of government
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8466-3041
2016 (English)In: European Journal of Political Economy, ISSN 0176-2680, E-ISSN 1873-5703, Vol. 43, 29-40 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper uses Swedish and Finnish municipal data to investigate the effect of changes in voter turnout on the tax rate, public spending and vote-shares. A reform in Sweden in 1970, which overall lowered the cost of voting, is applied as an instrument for voter turnout in local elections. The reform increased voter turnout in Sweden. The higher voter turnout resulted in higher municipal taxes and greater per capita local public spending. There are also indications that higher turnout decreased the vote share for right-wing parties. I use an individual survey data set to conclude that it was in particular low income earners that began to vote to a greater extent after the reform.

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Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 43, 29-40 p.
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Voter turnout, Local public finance, Sweden, Finland
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-296935DOI: 10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2016.01.003ISI: 000379559800003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-296935DiVA: diva2:940189
Swedish Research Council, 421-2011-2096
Available from: 2016-06-20 Created: 2016-06-20 Last updated: 2016-08-10Bibliographically approved

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