NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Are There Civic Returns to Education?

Thomas S. Dee

NBER Working Paper No. 9588
Issued in March 2003
NBER Program(s):   ED   CH

The hypothesized effects of educational attainment on adult civic engagement and attitudes provide some of the most important justifications for government intervention in the market for education. In this study, I present evidence on whether these externalities exist. I assess and implement two strategies for identifying the effects of educational attainment. One is based on the availability of junior and community colleges; the other, on changes in teen exposure to child labor laws. The results suggest that educational attainment has large and statistically significant effects on subsequent voter participation and support for free speech. I also find that additional schooling appears to increase the quality of civic knowledge as measured by the frequency of newspaper readership

download in pdf format
   (249 K)

email paper

This paper is available as PDF (249 K) or via email.

Machine-readable bibliographic record - MARC, RIS, BibTeX

Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w9588

Published: Dee, Thomas S. "Are There Civic Returns To Education?," Journal of Public Economics, 2004, v88(9-10,Aug), 1697-1720.

Users who downloaded this paper also downloaded these:
Milligan, Moretti, and Oreopoulos w9584 Does Education Improve Citizenship? Evidence from the U.S. and the U.K.
Glaeser, Ponzetto, and Shleifer w12128 Why Does Democracy Need Education?
Oreopoulos and Salvanes w15339 How large are returns to schooling? Hint: Money isn't everything
Helliwell and Putnam w7121 Education and Social Capital
Moretti w9108 Estimating the Social Return to Higher Education: Evidence From Longitudinal and Repeated Cross-Sectional Data
 
Publications
Activities
Meetings
Data
People
About

Support
National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138; 617-868-3900; email: info@nber.org

Contact Us