Income changes do not influence political involvement in panel data from six countries

Faculty/Professorship: Political Sociology  ; Political Science  
Author(s): Jungkunz, Sebastian  ; Marx, Paul
Title of the Journal: European journal of political research : official journal of the European Consortium for Political Research
ISSN: 1475-6765
Publisher Information: Oxford : Blackwell Publ.
Year of publication: 2022
Volume: 61
Issue: 3
Pages: 829-841
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1111/1475-6765.12495
The income gradient in political participation is a widely accepted stylized fact. Based on nine panel datasets from six countries, this research note asks whether income changes trigger short-term effects on political involvement. Irrespective of indicator, specification, and method (hybrid random effects models, fixed effects models with lags and leads, and error correction models), there are few significant short-term effects of income changes. In conjunction with earlier research, this finding suggests that the income gradient in political participation is likely to reflect stable differences between rich and poor voters emerging early in the life course.
GND Keywords: USA; Westeuropa; Einkommen; Änderung; Politische Beteiligung
Keywords: Participation, political inequality;, panel data, socialization, income
DDC Classification: 320 Political Science  
RVK Classification: MG 10075   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
Release Date: 14. July 2022