Fabio Padovano

Fabio Padovano is Professeur des Sciences Économiques at the University of Rennes (France) and Professor of Public Finance at the University of Roma Tre (Italy). He earned his Ph.D in Economics at George Mason University, where he was Research Assistant to Nobel Laureate James Buchanan. He is Director of the Condorcet Center for Political Economy at the University of Rennes and has been President of the European Public Choice Society (2009-2011). He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Western Ontario, University of Maryland, George Mason University, University of Fribourg, Academic Visitor at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Professeur Invité at the Université de Rennes1. His current research interests are in the fields of public choice, political economy, local public economics, law and economics, economics of religion and economics of the arts.

Higher Educational Attainment Equips Voters To Detect Fake News

Access to the internet and the rise of social media has overloaded voters with information and exposed them to a proliferation of fake news. Using political budget cycles, or the tendency for politicians to increase the budget in run-up to elections to win more votes, as a proxy for misinformation, Fabio Padovano and Pauline Mille show in new research that voters who score higher on the OECD’s  Programme for International Student Assessment and achieve a higher level of education are better able to hold politicians to account.

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