Economics and The Science Of Voter Turnout
Here is a short article on economics and the study of voter turnout. Click here to skip the introduction and read about the science of voter turnout
Article Introduction (Via NYT)
Voting is usually considered the domain of political scientists, but economists are also interested in voter behavior for at least three reasons.
First, it is a seemingly irrational decision for any individual to vote, as the chance that a single voter influences an election outcome is vanishingly small in a statewide election while there are (small) costs to voting. Second, politicians use their limited resources to try to maximize their vote totals, which is inherently an economic allocation problem. Third, the field of “political economy” studies how political institutions and governance structures influence the economy, and vice-versa.