Election Turnout Inequality - Insights from Administrative Registers

40 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2019

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Bernt Bratsberg

Kansas State University - Department of Economics; University of Oslo - Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research

Andreas Kotsadam

University of Oslo - Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research

Jo Thori Lind

University of Oslo - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Halvor Mehlum

University of Oslo - Department of Economics

Oddbjorn Raaum

University of Oslo - Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

Using matched administrative election data from Norway, we document gender-specific turnout rates by a range of socio-economic outcomes as well as family relationships and immigrant status. High social rank is consistently associated with higher turnout: we find significant turnout gradients for education, occupational prestige, income, wealth, and parental economic resources during childhood. Turnout among spouses, parents and children, as well as siblings and cousins, are highly correlated, showing strong influences of family factors. Immigrant turnout falls far below that of natives of similar age, even many years after arrival. Turnout among children of immigrants is more similar to that of natives, indicating political integration across but not within generations. Election turnout inequality implies that voters differ from the electorate at large along a number of socio-economic dimensions; we find that such misalignment is similar to that observed in the US.

Keywords: election turnout, administrative register data, turnout inequality

Suggested Citation

Bratsberg, Bernt and Kotsadam, Andreas and Lind, Jo Thori and Mehlum, Halvor and Raaum, Oddbjørn, Election Turnout Inequality - Insights from Administrative Registers (2019). CESifo Working Paper No. 7465, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3338819

Bernt Bratsberg (Contact Author)

Kansas State University - Department of Economics ( email )

Manhattan, KS 66502-4001
United States

University of Oslo - Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research

Gaustadalleen 21
N-0349 Oslo
Norway

Andreas Kotsadam

University of Oslo - Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research ( email )

Gaustadalleen 21
N-0317 Oslo
Norway

Jo Thori Lind

University of Oslo - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 1095 Blindern
N-0317 Oslo
Norway

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Munich, DE-81679
Germany

Halvor Mehlum

University of Oslo - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 1095 Blindern
N-0317 Oslo
Norway

Oddbjørn Raaum

University of Oslo - Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research ( email )

Gaustadalleen 21
N-0317 Oslo
Norway

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