AMCIS Seminar Mikael Persson: Can Increased Education Help Reduce the Political Opportunity Gap?

15mrt2018 15:30 - 17:00

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It is well documented that voter turnout is lower among persons who grow up in families of low socio-economic status compared to persons from high-status families.

This AMCIS seminar examines whether reforms in education can help to reduce the socio-economic gap in voting.

We distinguish between reforms of two types that may lead to differences in the exercise of voting; (a) changes in the resources allocated to education between different socio-economic groups (reform effects) and (b) changes in return which relate to the impact of education on turnout in different groups.

Voting gap

We use this framework to analyze a reform of the Swedish upper secondary school system in the 1990s. This reform increased the length and amount of social science education on vocational training programs. We find that the reform reduced the gap in voting mainly by means of its stronger influence among individuals from families of low socio-economic status.

About Mikael Persson

Mikael Persson is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg. HeI studies political behavior and public opinion and is involved in several research projects, such as a longitudinal analyses on the relationship between public opinion and public policy (together with Mikael Gilljam) and work on if education reforms cause higher political participation (together with Sven Oskarsson and Karl-Oskar Lindgren). Recent articles appeared in the American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, and the Economics of Education Review.

Location: REC-B2.01, 15.30-17.00 (drinks afterwards)

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