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A Cost Benefit Analysis of Voting

Cebula, Richard and McGrath, Richard and Paul, Chris (2002): A Cost Benefit Analysis of Voting. Published in: Academy of Economics and Finance Papers and Proceedings , Vol. 30, No. 1 (20 August 2003): pp. 65-68.


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This study empirically estimates the determinants of aggregate voter participation rates between 1960 and 1996 using instrumental variables. Other things equal, an increase in the public’s dissatisfaction with politicians decreases voter participation, an increase in the highest marginal tax rate increases voter participation, and Watergate had a sustained negative effect on voter participation.

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