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Human Capital and Voting Behavior across Generations: Evidence from an Income Intervention

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Akee, R; Copeland, W; Holbein, JB; Simeonova, E
Published in: American Political Science Review
May 1, 2020

Despite clear evidence of a sharp income gradient in voting participation, it remains unclear whether income truly causes voting. In this article, we investigate how exogenous increases in unearned income affect voting in U.S. elections for two generations (parents and children) from the same household. In contrast to predictions made by current models of voting, we find the income shock had no effect on parents' voting behaviors. However, we also find that increasing household income has heterogeneous effects on the civic participation of children from different socioeconomic backgrounds. It increases children's voting propensity among those raised in initially poorer families-resulting in substantially narrowed participatory gaps. Our results are consistent with a more nuanced view of how individual resources affect patterns of voting than the dominant theoretical framework of voting-the resource model-allows. Voting is fundamentally shaped by the human capital accrued long before citizens are eligible to vote.

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American Political Science Review

DOI

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1537-5943

ISSN

0003-0554

Publication Date

May 1, 2020

Volume

114

Issue

2

Start / End Page

609 / 616

Related Subject Headings

  • Political Science & Public Administration
  • 4408 Political science
  • 1606 Political Science
 

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Akee, R., Copeland, W., Holbein, J. B., & Simeonova, E. (2020). Human Capital and Voting Behavior across Generations: Evidence from an Income Intervention. American Political Science Review, 114(2), 609–616. https://doi.org/10.1017/S000305541900090X
Akee, R., W. Copeland, J. B. Holbein, and E. Simeonova. “Human Capital and Voting Behavior across Generations: Evidence from an Income Intervention.” American Political Science Review 114, no. 2 (May 1, 2020): 609–16. https://doi.org/10.1017/S000305541900090X.
Akee R, Copeland W, Holbein JB, Simeonova E. Human Capital and Voting Behavior across Generations: Evidence from an Income Intervention. American Political Science Review. 2020 May 1;114(2):609–16.
Akee, R., et al. “Human Capital and Voting Behavior across Generations: Evidence from an Income Intervention.” American Political Science Review, vol. 114, no. 2, May 2020, pp. 609–16. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S000305541900090X.
Akee R, Copeland W, Holbein JB, Simeonova E. Human Capital and Voting Behavior across Generations: Evidence from an Income Intervention. American Political Science Review. 2020 May 1;114(2):609–616.
Journal cover image

Published In

American Political Science Review

DOI

EISSN

1537-5943

ISSN

0003-0554

Publication Date

May 1, 2020

Volume

114

Issue

2

Start / End Page

609 / 616

Related Subject Headings

  • Political Science & Public Administration
  • 4408 Political science
  • 1606 Political Science