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Does Forced Voting Result in Political Polarization?

Leon, Fernanda L.L. de (2016) Does Forced Voting Result in Political Polarization? Public Choice, . pp. 1-18. ISSN 0048-5829. E-ISSN 1573-7101. (doi:10.1007/s11127-016-0318-7) (KAR id:54266)

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This paper estimates the effects of the compulsory voting laws on individuals´ political orientations though a regression discontinuity framework. The identification comes from Brazil´s dual voting system – voluntary and compulsory – whose exposure is determined based on citizens’ dates of birth. Using self-collected data, we find that compulsory voting has sizable effects on individuals´ political preferences, making them more likely to identify with a political party and to become oriented towards ideological extremes.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s11127-016-0318-7
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Fernanda Leite Lopez de Leon
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2016 12:02 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:33 UTC
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