When Generational Replacement is Class Biased: Chilean Turnout (1989-2008)

27 Pages Posted: 28 Dec 2010

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Alejandro Corvalan

Universidad Diego Portales - Facultad de Economía y Empresa; New York University (NYU) - Faculty of Arts and Science

Paulo Cox

University of Toulouse 1 - Toulouse School of Economics (TSE)

Date Written: December 27, 2010

Abstract

We study the decline of turnout by generational replacement and the composition of the new electorate in the post authoritarian Chile (1989-2008). High voting cohorts have been displaced by low voting ones. For those Chileans who lived under the authoritarian rule in the 80s average turnout exceeds 90%, whereas for those aged less than 30 it falls behind 25%. The socioeconomic composition of the new cohorts provides therefore enlightening information about turnout's future evolution. As is the case in other developed democracies, Chilean younger voters are strongly class biased, meaning that income is a robust explanation for both registration and turnout.

Keywords: Turnout, Generational Replacement, Class Bias

JEL Classification: D72

Suggested Citation

Corvalan, Alejandro and Cox, Paulo, When Generational Replacement is Class Biased: Chilean Turnout (1989-2008) (December 27, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1731680 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1731680

Alejandro Corvalan (Contact Author)

Universidad Diego Portales - Facultad de Economía y Empresa ( email )

Manuel Rodriguez Sur 253
Santiago
Chile

New York University (NYU) - Faculty of Arts and Science ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Paulo Cox

University of Toulouse 1 - Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) ( email )

Place Anatole-France
Toulouse Cedex, F-31042
France

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