Replication Data for: Youth Enfranchisement, Political Responsiveness, and Education Expenditure: Evidence from the U.S.

Resource Type
Dataset : aggregate data, census/enumeration data, geographic information system (GIS) data, survey data
  • Russo, Alessia (BI Norwegian Business School)
  • Lancia, Francesco (University of Salerno)
  • Dimico, Arcangelo (Queens' University Belfast)
  • Bertocchi, Graziella (University of Modena and Reggio-Emilia)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Higher Education Expenditure; Political Responsiveness; Voter Turnout; Youth Enfranchisement; Preregistration
  • Abstract

    We examine the link between the political participation of the young and fiscal policies in the U.S. We generate exogenous variation in participation using the passage of preregistration laws, which allow the young to register before being eligible to vote. After documenting that preregistration promotes youth enfranchisement, we show that preregistration shifts state government spending toward higher education, the type of spending for which the young have the strongest preference. A 1% increase in youth voter turnout generates a 0.77% increase in higher education spending. The results collectively suggest political responsiveness to the needs of the newly enfranchised constituency.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1980-01-01 / 2014-12-31
    Time Period: Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1980--Wed Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2014
Geographic Coverage
  • United States of America
  • Is version of
    DOI: 10.3886/E112082

Update Metadata: 2020-07-23 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-07-23