Understanding political participation in Taiwan
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This report focuses on expanding the understanding of the forces that bring about political participation in Taiwan during the 2004 presidential election year. The standard socioeconomic status model will serve as a useful baseline. Additional demographic and party related considerations are accumulated onto this socioeconomic model. Event count models such as the binomial and extended beta-binomial regression model will be analyzed and compared. The extended beta-binomial regression model will then be shown to be the superior model in this case. Both models will be estimated using the maximum likelihood estimation method. These two models are applied to Taiwan's Election and Democratization Study's 2004 post presidential election survey data. This report focuses on investigating the effects of ethnic background, party identification, and strength of partisanship on political participation while trying to confirm commonly expected trends in socioeconomic status, gender, and age effects. Gender and the ethnic background effect were found to have an unclear effect on political participation. The rest of the findings are as expected from the hypotheses.