Youth Enfranchisement, Political Responsiveness, and Education Expenditure: Evidence from the U.S

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Graziella Bertocchi

Università di Modena; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Arcangelo Dimico

Queen's University Belfast - Queen's Management School; Queen's University Belfast

Francesco Lancia

University of Salerno; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); University of Naples Federico II - CSEF - Center for Studies in Economics and Finance

Alessia Russo

BI Norwegian Business School

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Date Written: September 2017

Abstract

We examine the link between the political participation of the young and fiscal policies in the U.S. The focus is on preregistration laws, which allow the young to register before being eligible to vote. We document that preregistration promotes a de facto youth enfranchisement episode. Moreover, we establish that preregistration shifts state government spending toward higher education, the type of spending for which the young have the strongest preference. The increase in state financial support for higher education is confirmed at the higher education institution level. The results collectively suggest political responsiveness to the needs of the newly enfranchised constituency.

Keywords: Higher Education Expenditure, Political Responsiveness, Preregistration, Voter turnout, Youth Enfranchisement

JEL Classification: D72, H52, P16

Suggested Citation

Bertocchi, Graziella and Dimico, Arcangelo and Lancia, Francesco and Russo, Alessia, Youth Enfranchisement, Political Responsiveness, and Education Expenditure: Evidence from the U.S (September 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3042645

Graziella Bertocchi (Contact Author)

Università di Modena; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Arcangelo Dimico

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Francesco Lancia

University of Salerno ( email )

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University of Naples Federico II - CSEF - Center for Studies in Economics and Finance ( email )

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Alessia Russo

BI Norwegian Business School ( email )

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