The Journal of Economic Inequality

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 29–54 | Cite as

Informatization, voter turnout and income inequality

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In recent years, voter turnout has been decreasing in most industrial countries, and about 40% of all electors abstain from voting. This may affect income inequality and the GDP growth rate through a redistribution policy determined by majority voting. In this paper, we explore the reasons for this continuing decrease in voter turnout and assess its social costs. We conclude that informatization lowers voter turnout by generating an information overload, and that a decrease in voter turnout lowers GDP growth by limiting income redistribution.


Income inequality Information Informatization Voter turnout Voting 

JEL Classification

D31 O15 O41 P16 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of EconomicsOsaka UniversityToyonaka, OsakaJapan

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