Rational Ignorance: Definition & Effect


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What is rational ignorance?

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1. The term rational ignorance was coined by _____.

2. The concept of rational ignorance was originally developed as a way to explain what phenomenon?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Get an idea of how much you know about rational ignorance with this worksheet/quiz. Answer questions on key points like a definition for rational ignorance and the person who came up with it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These topics will be addressed:

  • The reason rational ignorance was developed
  • The likelihood of voters educating themselves in relation to the size of a population
  • Fiscal illusion

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on rational ignorance
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as rational ignorance and fiscal illusion
  • Making connections - use understanding of rational ignorance and how it's connected to the size of a population of voters
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the individual who invented the term rational ignorance

Additional Learning

Learn more with the lesson called Rational Ignorance: Definition & Effect. These areas will be covered:

  • Benefits of gaining new knowledge
  • Ignorance regarding voters in the U.S.
  • Public choice theory
  • Breakdown of the political impact of rational ignorance
  • Rational ignorance examples in daily life