Summer reading: VoxEU roundup

Barcelona GSE Focus

Researchers in the Barcelona GSE community have written several widely-read articles on CEPR’s policy portal, VoxEU. In case you missed them, here are two articles from the 2016-17 academic year.



Compulsory voting, turnout, and government spending: Evidence from Austria

Mitchell Hoffman, Gianmarco León, María Lombardi

Electoral participation has declined in advanced democracies in recent years. This column examines the impact of compulsory voting on government policy, assessing whether increasing voter turnout would translate into changes in public policies. Using evidence from Austria, it finds that compulsory voting does not significantly affect government spending, but that the case may be different for countries with historically low turnout.

Child height and intergenerational transmission of health: Evidence from Indian migrants in England

Caterina Alacevich and Alessandro Tarozzi

Data typically show that people become progressively taller as living standards improve. But despite impressive recent rates of economic growth, India remains one of the worst-performing countries in terms of height. Using data from Indian and English health surveys, this column reveals that, conditional on parents’ height, children of Indian ethnicity are on average taller when born and raised in England rather than in India. The results provide evidence against the importance of genetic factors in explaining the disappointing growth performance of Indian children.