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Rebecca Morton (NYU) on Voting and Personal Attributes

Rebecca Morton (NYU)

Rebecca Morton (NYU)

What about you impacts on your voting choice?

Professor Rebecca Morton, Professor of Politics at New York University joins us today on EconomicsNow! to talk voting. Specifically, she has recently finished a study on what contributes to a person’s preferences for leftist or rightist political platforms. Interestingly, Becky considers both the direct effects of attributes such as income and educational level, but also the direct and indirect effects that personality type, and intelligence can have on a person’s voting behaviour. In this podcast, we discuss the study and its possible implications for voter behaviour, political parties, and the conduct of other studies on voting.

Read the paper on which this Podcast is based: Morton, Rebecca, Tyran, Jean-Robert and Wengström, Erik, Income and Ideology: How Personality Traits, Cognitive Abilities, and Education Shape Political Attitudes (January 27, 2011). Univ. of Copenhagen Dept. of Economics Discussion Paper No. 11-08.

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