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Replication data for: The Effects of Voting Costs on the Democratic Process and Public Finances

Version
V0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Hodler, Roland
  • Luechinger, Simon
  • Stutzer, Alois
Publication Date
2015-02-01
Description
  • Abstract

    Increasing the attractiveness of voting is often seen as a remedy for unequal participation and the influence of special-interest groups on public policy. However, lower voting costs may also bring less informed citizens to the poll, thereby inviting efforts to sway these voters. We substantiate this argument in a probabilistic voting model with campaign contributions. In an empirical analysis for the 26 Swiss cantons, we find that lower voting costs due to postal voting are related to higher turnout, lower average education and political knowledge of participants as well as lower government welfare expenditures and lower business taxation. (JEL D72, H25, H75, I20, I38)
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Relations
  • Is supplement to
    DOI: 10.1257/pol.20120383 (Text)
Publications
  • Hodler, Roland, Simon Luechinger, and Alois Stutzer. “The Effects of Voting Costs on the Democratic Process and Public Finances.” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 7, no. 1 (February 2015): 141–71. https://doi.org/10.1257/pol.20120383.
    • ID: 10.1257/pol.20120383 (DOI)

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Hodler, Roland; Luechinger, Simon; Stutzer, Alois (2015): Replication data for: The Effects of Voting Costs on the Democratic Process and Public Finances. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E114562