Schooling and Citizenship: Evidence from Compulsory Schooling Reforms

46 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2007

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Thomas Siedler

University of Hamburg - Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences; DIW Berlin; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); University of Essex

Date Written: January 2007

Abstract

This paper examines whether schooling has a positive impact on individual's political interest, voting turnout, democratic values, political involvement and political group membership, using the German General Social Survey (ALLBUS). Between 1949 and 1969 the number of compulsory years of schooling was increased from eight to nine years in the Federal Republic of Germany, gradually over time and across federal states. These law changes allow one to investigate the causal impact of years of schooling on citizenship. Years of schooling are found to be positively correlated with a broad range of political outcome measures. However, when exogenous increase in schooling through law changes is used, there is no evidence of a causal effect running from schooling to citizenship in Germany.

Keywords: voting, civic engagement, education, externalities, instrumental variables estimation

JEL Classification: I2, H4, H23

Suggested Citation

Siedler, Thomas, Schooling and Citizenship: Evidence from Compulsory Schooling Reforms (January 2007). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2573. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=961381

Thomas Siedler (Contact Author)

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University of Essex ( email )

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