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How does education affect adolescents' political development?

Journal article
Authors Mikael J Persson
K. O. Lindgren
S. Oskarsson
Published in Economics of Education Review
Volume 53
Pages 182-193
ISSN 0272-7757
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Political Science
Pages 182-193
Language en
Keywords Efficiency, Human capital, Political socialization, regression-discontinuity, voter turnout, united-states, participation, citizenship, engagement, voice, bias, Business & Economics, Education & Educational Research
Subject categories Economics and Business, Educational Sciences


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. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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