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Singapore Management University

Education; Human capital; Political participation; Voting; Factor endowments; Culture;State provision of schooling

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Schooling And Political Participation Revisited, Davin Chor, Filipe R. Campante Oct 2008

Schooling And Political Participation Revisited, Davin Chor, Filipe R. Campante

Research Collection School Of Economics

We investigate how the link between individual schooling and political participation is a ected by country characteristics which determine the relative productivity of human capital in political versus production activities. In our model, individuals face an e ort-allocation decision over the use of their human capital. Focusing on the role played by country factor endowments, we show that the abundance of a factor that is used in the least (respectively most) human capital-intensive sector will increase (respectively decrease) both: (i) the level of individual political participation; and (ii) the responsiveness of individual political participation to increases in human capital. We ...