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CSEF - Center for Studies in Economics and Finance

The impact of increased youth voter turnout on fiscal policy: Evidence from the US

7 December
by Graziella Bertocchi, Arcangelo Dimico, Francesco Lancia, Alessia Russo ,

Voter turnout in modern democracies tends to be lowest among the young, and politicians are likely to be less responsive to their demands as a result. This column focuses on preregistration, a reform aimed at facilitating voter registration among young Americans. Examining the link between the political participation of various age groups and policy decisions, it shows that adopting preregistration has shifted government spending toward higher education and increased student financial aid, and has promoted an episode of youth enfranchisement.

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