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Alternatives : Global, Local, Political     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Altre Modernità     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
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American Communist History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
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Arctic Review on Law and Politics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Bandung : Journal of the Global South     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Brookings Papers on Economic Activity     Open Access   (Followers: 48)
Bulletin d'histoire politique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
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Cahiers de l'Urmis     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Cittadinanza Europea (LA)     Full-text available via subscription  
Civil Wars     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union     Open Access  
Class, Race and Corporate Power     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cold War History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
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Conflict, Security & Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 360)
Congress & the Presidency: A Journal of Capital Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Conjunctions. Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Constellations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Contemporary Italian Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Contemporary Japan     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
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Contemporary Political Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 37)
Contemporary Review of the Middle East     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
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Contenciosa     Open Access  
Contexto Internacional     Open Access  
Cooperation and Conflict     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
CQ Researcher     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
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Criterio Jurídico     Open Access  
Critical Asian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Critical Review : A Journal of Politics and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Critical Reviews on Latin American Research     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Critical Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 34)
Critical Studies on Terrorism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Cuadernos de historia de España     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
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Cultural Critique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Culture Mandala : The Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies     Open Access  
Décalages : An Althusser Studies Journal     Open Access  
Decolonization : Indigeneity, Education & Society     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
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Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
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Dissent     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Diversité urbaine     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward terrorism and genocide     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
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Ecopolítica     Open Access  
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Electoral Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Em Pauta : Teoria Social e Realidade Contemporânea     Open Access  
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European Journal of Government and Economics     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
European Journal of International Relations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 52)
European Journal of Political Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 43)

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Journal Cover European Journal of Political Economy
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  • Politically driven cycles in fiscal policy: In depth analysis of the
           functional components of government expenditures
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 9 November 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy
      Author(s): Vítor Castro, Rodrigo Martins
      This article analyses the incidence of politically driven cycles on the functional components and sub-components of government expenditures over a group of 18 European countries during the period 1990–2012. An LSDVC estimator is employed in the empirical analysis. The results provide evidence of political opportunism at aggregated and disaggregated levels of public expenditures. The expenditure components that have proved to be more related to that behaviour are public services, education, social protection and some sub-components of health expenditure, items that tend to generate outcomes that are more visible to voters. Some disaggregated evidence of partisan manipulation is also found.

      PubDate: 2017-11-17T14:48:38Z
  • Cashless Payments and Tax Evasion
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 3 November 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy
      Author(s): Giovanni Immordino, Francesco Flaviano Russo
      Cashless payments hinder tax evasion because they build a trail for the underlying transactions. Using European data, we find empirical evidence supporting this claim: credit and debit card payments are negatively related to VAT evasion. We also find that using electronic cards to withdraw cash at ATMs, by making cash more abundant, fosters VAT evasion.

      PubDate: 2017-11-09T14:21:11Z
  • Do mergers of large local governments reduce expenditures' –
           Evidence from Germany using the synthetic control method
    • Abstract: Publication date: December 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy, Volume 50
      Author(s): Felix Roesel
      States merge local governments to achieve economies of scale. Little is known to which extent mergers of county-sized local governments reduce expenditures, and influence political outcomes. I use the synthetic control method to identify the effect of mergers of large local governments in Germany (districts) on public expenditures. In 2008, the German state of Saxony reduced the number of districts from 22 to 10. Average district population increased substantially from 113,000 to 290,000 inhabitants. I construct a synthetic counterfactual from states that did not merge districts for years. The results do neither show reductions in total expenditures, nor in expenditures for administration, education, and social care. There seems to be no scale effects in jurisdictions of more than 100,000 inhabitants. By contrast, I find evidence that mergers decreased the number of candidates and voter turnout in district elections while vote shares for populist right-wing parties increased.

      PubDate: 2017-10-26T14:55:06Z
  • Social Transfers and Conditionalities under Different Regime Types
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 10 October 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy
      Author(s): Marina Dodlova, Anna Giolbas, Jann Lay
      This paper examines the implications of political factors for social policy choices. Specifically, we explore the link between regime type and adoption of unconditional transfers versus transfers conditioned on beneficiaries’ investments in human capital. Due to the direct nature of benefits, unconditional transfers are more likely to be used to buy off opposition and prevent social unrest. As transfers that are conditioned on education and health pay off only in a relatively distant future, they are rarely initiated for political motives and rather defined by interests of long-term development and human capital accumulation. Using the new dataset on Non-Contributory Social Transfer Programs (NSTP) in developing countries, we find that transfers are indeed chosen so as to be unconditional under less democratic regimes. There is some evidence that conditional transfers are more likely to be adopted in democracies. In particular, democracies tend to increase the number of conditional schemes once any social transfer program is introduced.

      PubDate: 2017-10-11T05:24:18Z
  • How voters use grade scales in evaluative votings
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 30 September 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy
      Author(s): Antoinette Baujard, Frédéric Gavrel, Herrade Igersheim, Jean-François Laslier, Isabelle Lebon
      During the first round of the 2012 French presidential election, participants in an in situ experiment were invited to vote according to “evaluative voting”, which involves rating the candidates using a numerical scale. Various scales were used: (0,1), (-1,0,1), (0,1,2), and (0,1,…,20). The paper studies scale calibration effects, i.e., how individual voters adapt to the scale, leading to possibly different election outcomes. The data show that scales are not linearly equivalent, even if individual ordinal preferences are not inconsistent. Scale matters, notably because of the symbolic power of negative grades, which does not affect all candidates uniformly.

      PubDate: 2017-10-04T05:00:52Z
  • Income Inequality and Oligarchs in Russian Regions: A Note
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 28 September 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy
      Author(s): Jarko Fidrmuc, Lidwina Gundacker
      We trace the rise of the so called oligarchs in post-Soviet Russia and examine their relationship to income distribution in Russia. When Russia moved to a market economy in the 1990s a new business elite evolved. Russia's distinctive path towards market economy, among other factors, gave rise to the oligarchs who now control large parts of the economy and have a strong standing within politics and society. Using a unique regional data set on the locations of oligarchs’ businesses across the Russian regions, we test Acemoglu's (2008) proposition that oligarchic societies experience extreme income inequality. Our results show significantly higher levels of income inequality in regions with a higher presence of oligarchs.

      PubDate: 2017-10-04T05:00:52Z
  • “Alcohol Bans”: Can They Reveal the Effect of Xi Jinping's
           Anti-Corruption Campaign'
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 28 September 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy
      Author(s): Yang Shu, Jiayao Cai
      China is perceived to be one of the most politically corrupt countries in the world. Chinese government officials establish firm ties with trusted people through lavish banquets with flowing alcohol, providing privileged access to scarce resources like licenses, land, bank loans, subsidies, and government contracts. In China, Baijiu, the most popular grain liquor at these parties, works as the currency of bribery and is the lubricant for political connections for corruption. Xi Jinping's anti-corruption policy, known as the “Alcohol Bans,” has targeted Baijiu in an attempt to stop the boozy banquets, and, consequently, to bring an end to this channel of political networking. This paper employs the event study approach and connects cumulative abnormal stock returns of high-end Baijiu companies with the impact of the Alcohol Bans. It applies the difference-in-difference method to rule out unobserved reasons for stock market changes. The result is unchanged in both the efficient market hypothesis test and the abnormal return test. We consider if Baijiu may be substituted for other luxuries, and find little evidence for such “substitution effects.” Our work concludes that the Alcohol Bans has partially contributed to Xi's anti-corruption campaign.

      PubDate: 2017-10-04T05:00:52Z
  • More Effective Defense Capabilities and Pareto-Improving Resource
           Transfers: Conflict on the Korean Peninsula
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 21 September 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy
      Author(s): Suk Jae Noh
      Analyzing the resource allocation between productive and appropriative activities in a conflict between prey and predator, this paper demonstrates the possibility of Pareto-improving economic assistance from South Korea to North Korea, even when augmented resources are used by North Korea to build up more offensive weapons, if resource transfer is coupled with the enhanced security position of South Korea. Some combinations of resource transfer (carrot) and increased effectiveness of defense (stick) increase production efficiency by decreasing the total amount of appropriative activities in a conflict. These combinations of stick and carrot can in some cases change the behavior of North Korea from that of a pure predator to that of a part-time predator. These results shed some light on policy debates in South Korea's dealings with North Korea.

      PubDate: 2017-09-26T16:42:21Z
  • Beyond Divide and Rule: Weak Dictators, Natural Resources and Civil
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 20 September 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy
      Author(s): Giacomo De Luca, Petros G. Sekeris, Juan F. Vargas
      We propose a model where weak rulers have incentives to let ethnically divided countries plunge in civil war. Allowing inter-group fighting reduces production - and hence the tax base - but enables the ruler to devote more resources to increasing the tax rate. This mechanism is increasingly salient with larger amounts of natural resources, especially if these are unequally distributed across ethnic groups. We validate the theoretical predictions using cross-country data, and show that our empirical results are robust to controlling for the usual determinants of civil war incidence, and to using various proxies for the ruler's relative weakness and for the presence of natural resources.

      PubDate: 2017-09-26T16:42:21Z
  • Development Minister Characteristics and Aid Giving
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 3 September 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy
      Author(s): Andreas Fuchs, Katharina Richert
      Over 300 government members have had the main responsibility for international development cooperation in 23 member countries of the OECD's Development Assistance Committee since the organization started reporting detailed Official Development Assistance (ODA) data in 1967. Understanding their role in foreign aid giving is crucial since their decisions can influence aid effectiveness and thus economic development on the ground. Our study examines whether development ministers’ personal characteristics are associated with aid budgets and aid quality. To this end, we create a novel database on development ministers’ gender, political ideology, prior professional experience in development cooperation, education, and time in office over the 1967–2012 period. Results from fixed-effects panel regressions show that some of the personal characteristics of development ministers matter. Most notably, we find that more experienced ministers with respect to their time in the development office obtain larger aid budgets. Moreover, our results suggest that female ministers as well as officeholders with prior professional experience in development cooperation and a longer time in office provide higher-quality ODA.

      PubDate: 2017-09-08T06:18:09Z
  • Sustainability of coalitional equilibria within repeated tax competition
    • Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy, Volume 49
      Author(s): Sonja Brangewitz, Sarah Brockhoff
      This paper analyzes the sustainability of capital tax harmonization agreements in a stylized model where countries have formed coalitions to agree on a common tax rate in order to avoid the inefficient, fully non-cooperative Nash equilibrium. In particular, for a given coalition structure we study to what extent the sustainability of tax agreements is affected by the coalitions that have formed. In our setup, countries are symmetric, but coalitions can be of arbitrary size. We analyze sustainability by means of a repeated game setting employing simple trigger strategies and we allow a sub-coalition to deviate from the coalitional equilibrium. For a given form of punishment we rank the sustainability of different coalition structures. We show that sub-coalitions consisting of singleton regions have the largest incentives to deviate and that the sustainability of cooperation depends on the degree of cooperative behavior ex-ante. Bilateral agreements between pairs of regions turn out to be the form of cooperation that is the easiest to sustain.

      PubDate: 2017-09-02T06:06:19Z
  • On the historical roots of women's empowerment across Italian provinces:
           religion or family culture'
    • Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy, Volume 49
      Author(s): Monica Bozzano
      Why do women's economic decision-making and political empowerment vary so widely' What are the main potential determinants of such variations' Over a cross-section of Italian provincial data, we analyze the association between two specific facets of women's empowerment, the percentage of women holding office in local political bodies and the percentage of women in high-ranking jobs, and the religious and cultural conditions which facilitate or hinder women's inclusion. Our hypothesis is that culture, in particular those values embodied by religious culture, plays a central role in shaping norms and beliefs about the role and involvement of women in society. Moreover we suggest that these cultural norms are inherited from the past and therefore have a high degree of inertia. Both OLS and IV results indicate that our measures of women's empowerment are strongly associated with religious culture, as proxied by religious marriages. These results are robust and consistent across specifications.

      PubDate: 2017-09-02T06:06:19Z
  • Corruption and political stability: Does the youth bulge matter'
    • Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy, Volume 49
      Author(s): Mohammad Reza Farzanegan, Stefan Witthuhn
      This study shows that the relative size of the youth bulge matters in how corruption affects the internal stability of a political system. Using panel data covering the 1984–2012 period for more than 100 countries, we find that the effect of corruption on political stability depends on the youth bulge. Corruption is a destabilizing factor for political systems when the share of the youth population in the adult population exceeds a critical level of approximately 20%. The moderating effect of the youth bulge in the stability–corruption nexus is robust, controlling for country and year fixed effects, a set of control variables that may affect internal political stability, an alternative operationalization of the youth bulge, corruption, and a dynamic panel estimation method.

      PubDate: 2017-09-02T06:06:19Z
  • Size, fungibility, and the strength of lobbying organizations
    • Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy, Volume 49
      Author(s): David K. Levine, Salvatore Modica
      How can a small special interest group successfully get an inefficient transfer at the expense of a much larger group with many more resources available for lobbying' We consider a simple model of agenda setting where two groups of different size lobby a politician over a transfer from one group to the other, and the group which sets the agenda can choose the size of the proposed transfer. The groups have resources which are used to pay the politician and to overcome the public goods problem within the group. Our key result is that which group prevails in the agenda setting game depends crucially on whether the transfers can also be used to pay the politician – in which case we say they are fungible. If the transfer is fungible, as in the case of a monetary payment, the smaller group prevails. If the transfer is non-fungible the result depends on whether it is rival or not – civil rights for example are non-rival. In the case of a rival non-fungible transfer depending on circumstances either group may prevail. In the non-rival case the large group prevails. Our results explain the apparent paradox that when it comes to special financial favors small groups seem very effective, but when it comes to large non-financial issues – such as minority rights – large groups are more effective.

      PubDate: 2017-09-02T06:06:19Z
  • Expropriation risk and FDI in developing countries: Does return of capital
           dominate return on capital'
    • Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy, Volume 49
      Author(s): M. Akhtaruzzaman, Nathan Berg, Christopher Hajzler
      Previously reported effects of institutional quality and political risks on foreign direct investment (FDI) are mixed and, therefore, difficult to interpret. We present empirical evidence suggesting a relatively clear, statistically robust, and intuitive characterization. Institutional factors that affect the likelihood of an abrupt and total loss of foreigners’ capital (i.e., return of capital) dominate factors that affect rates of return conditional on a strictly positive terminal investment value (i.e., return on capital). The evidence is consistent with the hypothesis that expropriation risk is most important among the available measures of different dimensions of institutional quality. A one-standard-deviation reduction in expropriation risk is associated with a 72% increase in FDI, which is substantially larger than the effects of any other dimensions of institutional quality as simultaneously estimated in our empirical models of expected FDI inflows. We show that this evidence is consistent with the predictions of a standard theory of FDI under imperfect contract enforcement and multiple dimensions of political risk.

      PubDate: 2017-09-02T06:06:19Z
  • Suffrage, labour markets and coalitions in colonial Virginia
    • Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy, Volume 49
      Author(s): Elena Nikolova, Milena Nikolova
      We study Virginia's suffrage from the early-17th century until the American Revolution using an analytical narrative and econometric analysis of unique data on franchise restrictions. First, we hold that suffrage changes reflected labour market dynamics. Indeed, Virginia's liberal institutions initially served to attract indentured servants from England who were needed in the labour-intensive tobacco farming but deteriorated once worker demand subsided and planters replaced white workers with slaves. Second, we argue that Virginia's suffrage was also the result of political bargaining influenced by shifting societal coalitions. We show that new politically influential coalitions of freemen and then of small and large slave-holding farmers emerged in the second half of the 17th and early-18th centuries, respectively. These coalitions were instrumental in reversing the earlier democratic institution\s. Our main contribution stems from integrating the labour markets and bargaining/coalitions arguments, thus proving a novel theoretical and empirical explanation for institutional change.

      PubDate: 2017-09-02T06:06:19Z
  • Single round vs. runoff elections under plurality rule: A theoretical
    • Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy, Volume 49
      Author(s): Massimo Bordignon, Tommaso Nannicini, Guido Tabellini
      We compare single round vs. runoff elections under plurality rule, allowing for partly endogenous party formation. With large and sufficiently polarized groups of moderate voters, under runoff elections, the number of political candidates is larger, but the influence of extremist voters on equilibrium policy and hence policy volatility is smaller, because the bargaining power of the political extremes is reduced compared to single round elections. These results are robust to several extentions.

      PubDate: 2017-09-02T06:06:19Z
  • Symmetric tax competition and lobbying within federations
    • Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy, Volume 49
      Author(s): Simon Winter
      The present paper deals with the question of whether tax harmonization and federal taxation increase welfare in a symmetric tax competition framework with heterogeneous individuals and lobbying. A model closely related to the approach of Lai (2010) is linked to externalities that are familiar from conventional public finance. The observed deviations from efficient taxation are derived from the interplay of four externalities, which can be divided into two groups: externalities occurring due to tax competition and externalities which are caused by lobbying. Whether or not the centralization of tax competences is useful depends mainly on the relative sizes of the competition-induced and lobbying-induced externalities.

      PubDate: 2017-09-02T06:06:19Z
  • Who do you blame in local finance' An analysis of municipal financing
           in Italy
    • Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy, Volume 49
      Author(s): Massimo Bordignon, Veronica Grembi, Santino Piazza
      We study the effect of introducing a less transparent tax tool for the financing of local governments. A political agency model suggests that politicians with stronger re-electoral incentives would raise more tax revenues and use more the less transparent tax tool to enhance their probability of re-election. This prediction is tested by studying a reform that in 1999 allowed Italian municipalities to partially substitute a more accountable source of tax revenue (the property tax) with a less transparent one (a surcharge on the personal income tax of residents). Exploiting the existence of a term limit for mayors, we use a Difference in Difference approach, to estimate how mayors facing re-electoral concerns reacted to the introduction of the less transparent tax tool compared to mayors facing term limit. We find results in line with theory. We also show that the reduction in the property tax is larger in smaller municipalities and in municipalities with lower level of social capital. The normative implications are then discussed.

      PubDate: 2017-09-02T06:06:19Z
  • Rewarding the introduction of multiparty elections
    • Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy, Volume 49
      Author(s): Nam Kyu Kim, Alex Kroeger
      Do aid donors reward the adoption of multiparty elections' Are multiparty elections rewarded in both democracies and electoral authoritarian regimes' How do the rewards for institutional reforms compare to the rewards for substantive improvements in governance and political rights' These questions are of particular interest given both the spread of democracy and the emergence of autocracies with multiparty elections for the executive and legislature as the modal form of authoritarianism. To answer these questions, we examine temporal dynamics in aid flows before and after transitions to multiparty elections and the strategic allocation of aid rewards to specific sectors depending upon electoral competition and substantive improvements in governance and political rights. We find that, in the post-Cold War era, bilateral and multilateral donors reward the adoption of multiparty elections in both democracies and electoral authoritarian regimes while also rewarding substantive improvements in governance and political rights. Sector specific analyses reveal that multiparty elections are rewarded with greater democracy aid and economic aid in both democratic and electoral authoritarian regimes. Nevertheless, the quality of elections matters: the adoption of democratic elections receives greater aid gains than the adoption of authoritarian elections.

      PubDate: 2017-09-02T06:06:19Z
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 19 August 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy
      Author(s): Mario Ferrero
      Religious organizations set thresholds of belief and behavior required of their members. In a simple model of individual religious behavior, this paper shows that if a religion denies the benefits of membership to those who fall short of the threshold, it stands to gain an increase in compliance with its rules by forcing members to the edge of defection, hence the incentive to set the thresholds strategically. When members’ compliance costs are private information, the model yields several regimes: a pooling contract if costs are close enough to each other, a separating contract if costs are different enough, and an expulsion solution if the proportion of high-cost types in the total membership is too low. Changes in costs and in membership composition trigger changes in thresholds and switches between regimes, thus providing a model of religious governance and evolution. We then review the history of sectarianism in the three monotheistic religions and show that the model can help account for the basic differences between them as well as explain the historical evolution of dogmas and behavioral rules within each of them. A specialized case study focuses on the evolution of Catholic religious orders.

      PubDate: 2017-09-02T06:06:19Z
  • Public opinion and the political economy of educational reforms: A survey
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 4 August 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy
      Author(s): Marius R. Busemeyer, Philipp Lergetporer, Ludger Woessmann
      In the political economy of education policy, interactions between policymakers and public opinion can create discrepancies between political awareness and action. While a large literature studies public opinion on different aspects of the welfare state, research has only recently started to investigate the public’s attitudes towards education policy. We survey this emerging literature with a particular focus on public preferences for education spending in different sociodemographic subgroups, policy trade-offs, support for specific education reforms, and the importance of information for public preferences. While the available evidence is multifaceted, there is some general indication that citizens place high priority on education policy, show substantial willingness to reform, and are responsive to information and adequate reform designs.

      PubDate: 2017-09-02T06:06:19Z
  • Altruistic Punishment in Elections
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 3 August 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy
      Author(s): Jason A. Aimone, Luigi Butera, Thomas Stratmann
      Altruistic punishment is a fundamental driver for cooperation in human interactions. In this paper, we expand our understanding of this form of pro-social behavior to help explain a puzzle of voting: why do individuals who are indifferent between two potential policy outcomes of an election participate when voting is costly' Using a simple voting experiment, we provide robust evidence that many voters are willing to engage in voting as a form of punishment, even when voting is costly and the voter has no monetary stake in the election outcome. In our sample, and in a robustness check through Monte Carlo simulation, we show that at least fourteen percent of individuals are willing to incur a cost to vote against candidates who broke their electoral promises, even when they have no pecuniary interest in the election outcome.

      PubDate: 2017-08-03T21:00:12Z
  • Who are the ‘ghost’ MPs' Evidence from the French
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 3 August 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy
      Author(s): Nicolas Gavoille
      This paper studies the characteristics of the ghost deputies of the French National Assembly, i.e. deputies who do not have any official recorded activity over a whole year. Using a rich dataset providing various information about all deputies from 1959 to 2012, the results indicate that the typical ghost deputy is an old man with a low level of schooling, member of a large party which does not support the government and who is elected in jurisdiction with a low level of political competition. However, personal characteristics are less and less correlated with performance over the years. Finally, ghost deputies face more difficulties to achieve reelection, but are penalized only at the first round, voters exclusively considering national factors at the second round.

      PubDate: 2017-08-03T21:00:12Z
  • “Mind the Gap'” Rising Income Inequality and Individual
           Trade Policy Preferences
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 1 August 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy
      Author(s): Quynh Nguyen
      How does rising income inequality affect individual attitudes toward international trade' While there exists a plethora of studies on the interlinkages between international trade and income inequality, the existing literature on individual trade policy preferences has not considered the role of inequality in shaping public opinion about international trade. By bringing these two separate strands of literature together, this study examines whether citizens associate income disparities with trade liberalization and, if so, how this linkage affects their attitudes toward international trade. Using data from a population-based survey-embedded experiment, this study identifies two key findings. First, individuals draw a link between skewed income distribution trends and international trade. Second, the perceived linkage between rising income inequality and trade liberalization is disconnected from the formation of trade policy preferences. These findings suggest that the association between rising income inequality and trade liberalization does not automatically lead citizens to endorse protectionist trade measures not because they are ignorant about the distributional effects of international trade. Rather, citizens fail to connect income inequality to foreign trade policy, because they may not perceive trade-induced inequality as unfair.

      PubDate: 2017-08-03T21:00:12Z
  • Committee decision-making at Sweden's Riksbank
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 27 July 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy
      Author(s): Henry W. Chappell, Rob Roy McGregor
      Many central banks now publish transcripts or summaries of meeting discussions and record policy preferences of individual members of policymaking committees. We present an econometric model of committee decisions for Sweden's Riksbank that uses individual preference data pooled over committee members and meetings. Estimates indicate that members attach a small weight to their own preferences when voting; instead, members tend to defer to the perceived committee consensus. These results contrast with some previous findings that members deferred to the committee chairman when voting.

      PubDate: 2017-08-03T21:00:12Z
  • Market and Political Power Interactions in Greece: A Theory
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 14 July 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy
      Author(s): Tryphon Kollintzas, Dimitris Papageorgiou, Vanghelis Vassilatos
      In this paper, we develop a neoclassical growth model of market and political power interactions that captures the main features of the economic and political system of Greece and explains the weak economic growth of Greece in the last forty years. The model incorporates the insiders-outsiders labor market structure and the concept of an elite government. Outsiders form a group of workers that supply labor to a competitive private sector. And, insiders form a group of workers that enjoy market power in supplying labor to the public sector and influence the policy decisions of government, including those that affect the development and maintenance of public sector infrastructures. This leads to labor misallocation and inefficient fiscal policies. Thus, even though expanding public sector output has a positive effect on growth, eventually this is counterbalanced by the labor misallocation and inefficient tax policy outcomes leading to a growth reversal phenomenon. The model proposed in this paper may be applicable to other countries that have a similar politicoeconomic structure with Greece, namely other Southern European countries.

      PubDate: 2017-07-24T02:45:27Z
  • Retirement, consumption of political information, and political knowledge
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 14 July 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy
      Author(s): Marcel Garz
      Democratic societies depend on citizens being informed about candidates and representatives, to allow for optimal voting and political accountability. As the Fourth Estate, news media have a crucial role in this context. However, due to selective exposure, media bias, and endogeneity it is not a priori clear if news consumption increases voter information. Focusing on the increase in leisure time that is associated with retirement, this study investigates whether changes in the consumption of political information affect campaign-related knowledge. For that purpose, I use survey data pertaining to the 2000, 2004, and 2008 US presidential elections. Instrumenting with eligibility for old age benefits, the results show that retirement improves respondents’ performance in answering knowledge questions. The effect is mostly driven by additional exposure to newscasts and newspapers. There is also evidence of increasing polarization due to retirement.

      PubDate: 2017-07-24T02:45:27Z
  • Do equalization payments affect subnational borrowing' Evidence from
           regression discontinuity
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 13 July 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy
      Author(s): Monika Köppl–Turyna, Hans Pitlik
      According to the fiscal federalism literature, subcentral budget constraints become softer when local governments are more dependent on revenues over which they have no discretion. As a consequence of ‘transfer dependency’, subcentral governments can expect to be bailed out by the central government and therefore tend to accumulate higher levels of debt. We test this conjecture with data from Austrian municipalities. In fiscal terms, Austria is a highly centralized federation in which tax autonomy at the municipal level is rather weak. Our identification strategy is based on a discontinuity caused by the unique regulation of population weights in the tax-sharing agreement between central government and the municipalities. Our results indicate that, in line with theoretical expectations, municipalities with higher revenue dependency are responsible for higher net borrowing per capita. The size of the additional borrowing effect equals to about 5% of average municipal debt. We also find that almost one half of the observed discontinuity works through an investment channel.

      PubDate: 2017-07-24T02:45:27Z
  • The political economy of policy reform
    • Abstract: Publication date: June 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy, Volume 48
      Author(s): George Economides, Arye L. Hillman, Apostolis Philippopoulos

      PubDate: 2017-07-24T02:45:27Z
  • Are OECD policy recommendations for public sector reform biased against
           welfare states' Evidence from a new database
    • Abstract: Publication date: June 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy, Volume 48
      Author(s): Andreas Bergh, Margareta Dackehag, Martin Rode
      Policy advice by the OECD has long been at the heart of academic debates on welfare state reform, with frequent claims questioning the ideological orientation of recommendations. This paper constructs an indicator of perceived reform need for 24 countries, quantifying the policy advice contained in the OECD Economic Surveys around 1985, 1995, and 2005. These recommendations describe a policy consensus that is based on competition, work incentives, monetary reform, fiscal discipline, and labor market reform. Empirically, perceived need for reform is well explained by preceding levels of economic freedom. In particular, countries with more government intervention, lower property rights protection, and more regulation are perceived to have a bigger reform need. In turn, perceived reform need has no explanatory power for subsequent changes in social expenditure and welfare state entitlements. Only in countries with right wing governments, perceived reform need might be followed by marginal reductions in welfare state entitlements, but definitely not in social expenditure.

      PubDate: 2017-07-24T02:45:27Z
  • Ready to reform: How popular initiatives can be successful
    • Abstract: Publication date: June 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy, Volume 48
      Author(s): Katharina E. Hofer, Christian Marti, Monika Bütler
      We study whether the number of signatures collected to qualify a popular initiative affects the probability of reforming the status quo. The initiative process is modeled as a sequential game under uncertainty: petitioners make an entry decision and collect signatures to qualify the initiative. Politicians decide about a political compromise – a counter proposal – after which petitioners have the option to withdraw the initiative before the vote. In equilibrium, politicians infer the initiative's popularity from the number of signatures and collection time. The more the initiative is perceived as a threat to the status quo, the more likely politicians come up with a counter proposal. Under certain conditions, petitioners have the incentive to collect more signatures than required for qualification to demonstrate high success probability. We test model predictions using the data set of all Swiss constitutional initiatives at the federal level between 1891 and 2010. Overall, we find supporting evidence for the model mechanisms. Fast signature collection is associated with a higher probability of reform. The effect is mediated through a higher probability of provoking a counter proposal. Ultimately, counter proposals are key to amending the status quo. Restricting the signature collection time reduces the informative mechanism of the signature collection process considerably.

      PubDate: 2017-07-24T02:45:27Z
  • Macroeconomic effects of structural reforms and fiscal consolidations:
           Trade-offs and complementarities
    • Abstract: Publication date: June 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy, Volume 48
      Author(s): Dimitris Papageorgiou, Evangelia Vourvachaki
      This paper studies the impact of product and labour market structural reforms and the effects of their joint implementation with alternative debt consolidation strategies. The set-up is a dynamic general equilibrium model calibrated for the Greek economy. The results show that structural reforms produce important long-run GDP gains that materialize earlier, the faster the reforms are implemented. When implemented jointly with fiscal consolidations, structural reforms may amplify the short-run costs of fiscal tightening. The GDP dynamics depend on the fiscal instrument used for public debt consolidation. In the long run, however, there are complementarity gains irrespective of the fiscal instrument used.

      PubDate: 2017-07-24T02:45:27Z
  • Tuition fees: User prices and private incentives
    • Abstract: Publication date: June 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy, Volume 48
      Author(s): George Economides, Apostolis Philippopoulos, Stelios Sakkas
      This paper studies the aggregate and distributional implications of introducing tuition fees for public education services into a tax system with income and consumption taxes. The setup is a neoclassical growth model where agents differ in capital holdings. We show that the introduction of tuition fees (a) improves individual incentives to work and/or save and (b) can be both efficient and equitable. The focus is on the role of tuition fees as an extra price and how this affects private incentives.

      PubDate: 2017-07-24T02:45:27Z
  • A large scale OLG model for the analysis of the redistributive effects of
           policy reforms
    • Abstract: Publication date: June 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy, Volume 48
      Author(s): Alessandro Bucciol, Laura Cavalli, Igor Fedotenkov, Paolo Pertile, Veronica Polin, Nicola Sartor, Alessandro Sommacal
      The paper presents a large scale overlapping generation model with heterogeneous agents, where the household is the decision unit. We calibrate the model for three European countries – France, Italy and Sweden – which show marked differences in the design of some public programmes. We examine the properties in terms of annual and life cycle redistribution of a number of tax-benefit programmes, by studying the impact of removing from our model economies some or all of them. We find that whether one considers a life cycle or an annual horizon, and whether behavioural responses are accounted for or not, has a large impact on the results. The model may provide useful insights for policy makers on which kind of reforms are more likely to achieve specific equity objectives.

      PubDate: 2017-07-24T02:45:27Z
  • Reforming the public administration: The role of crisis and the power of
    • Abstract: Publication date: June 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy, Volume 48
      Author(s): Zareh Asatryan, Friedrich Heinemann, Hans Pitlik
      The need to balance austerity with growth policies has put government efficiency high on the economic policy agenda in Europe. Administrative reforms that boost the internal efficiency of bureaucracy can alleviate the trade-off between consolidation and public service provision. Against such a backdrop, this paper constructs (and makes available) a novel reform indicator to explore the determinants of public administration reforms for a panel of EU countries. The findings support political-economic reasoning: An economic and fiscal crisis is a potent catalyst for reforms, but a powerful bureaucracy constrains the opportunities of a crisis to promote reform. Furthermore, there is some suggestive evidence for horizontal learning from other EU countries, and for vertical learning associated with a particular type of EU cohesion spending.

      PubDate: 2017-07-24T02:45:27Z
  • Explaining changes in tax burdens in Latin America: Do politics trump
    • Abstract: Publication date: June 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy, Volume 48
      Author(s): Mark Hallerberg, Carlos Scartascini
      This paper examines whether elections, which are generally held on fixed dates, and banking crises explain the timing of tax reforms and the allocation of the additional tax burden. Using an original fine-grained data set of tax reforms, the paper finds support for the role of these two sources of variation. In particular, the probability of reform is higher during banking crises. During electoral periods, increasing taxes becomes highly unlikely, even if the government is facing financing problems. Interestingly, politics seem to trump economics: banking crises do not affect the probability of having a reform during electoral times. Moreover, the presence of an IMF program affects the tax instruments chosen: countries with a program increase the value-added tax, while those without raise the personal income tax. Finally, the ideology of the president does not explain who bears the additional tax burden.

      PubDate: 2017-07-24T02:45:27Z
  • Support for free-market policies and reforms: Does the field of study
           influence students' political attitudes'
    • Abstract: Publication date: June 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy, Volume 48
      Author(s): Mira Fischer, Björn Kauder, Niklas Potrafke, Heinrich W. Ursprung
      Since opinion leaders are usually university graduates, the field of study has an influence on public support for economic policies and policy reforms intended to enhance efficiency because advocating such policies often requires appreciation of the beneficial roles of markets and economic freedom. We investigate whether the field of study influences German university students' political attitudes. We disentangle self-selection from learning effects and reveal systematic differences between incoming students' political attitudes across eight fields of study. In a second step we explore how the students' political attitudes change as they progress in their academic training. Only studying economics has an unambiguous pro-market influence on political attitudes: by the time of graduation, economics students are some 6.2 percentage points more likely than they were in their initial year of study to agree with free-market policy positions. Studying humanities and natural sciences has a pro-leftist influence.

      PubDate: 2017-07-24T02:45:27Z
  • The Dynamics of Political Party Support and Egocentric Economic
           Evaluations: the Scottish Case
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 23 June 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy
      Author(s): Georgios Marios Chrysanthou, María Dolores Guilló
      We explore the dynamics of the Scottish National Party (SNP) support using the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) during 1999-06. We study the relative importance of political sentiments and egocentric economic evaluations by disentangling the effects of state dependence and unobserved heterogeneity by gender. Egocentric economic evaluations constitute an important determinant of SNP support over the entire period, being this effect stronger among the male electorate. The results are consistent with the electors holding the incumbent Labour Party accountable for their personal financial situation, though financial security augments the nationalist propensity among partisan voters. Furthermore, retrospective economic evaluations form a significant determinant of incumbent Labour Party support in both the 1999-02 and 2003-06 intervening electoral cycles.

      PubDate: 2017-07-03T07:43:40Z
  • Populism and Institutional Capture
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 20 June 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy
      Author(s): Nicholas Chesterley, Paolo Roberti
      This paper analyzes the relationship between populism and institutional capture. Populist politicians provide voters with a utility boom followed by a subsequent bust. Non-populists provide a constant level of utility. Once elected, however, politicians of both types are able to seize control of institutions to ensure their re-election. We show that in equilibrium, populist politicians may capture institutions to avoid being voted out of power during the bust: non-populists do not. Voters rationally elect a populist if voters discount the future sufficiently or if it is too costly for the populist to seize control of institutions. Unfortunately, both types of politician may prefer not to strengthen institutions, either to allow their capture or to discourage the election of the populist.

      PubDate: 2017-06-22T11:33:33Z
  • (Un-)Intended Effects of Fiscal Rules
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 16 June 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy
      Author(s): Heiko T. Burret, Lars P. Feld
      The paper investigates the fiscal effects of Swiss cantonal debt brakes by taking explicitly into account the rules’ coverage. An in-depth analysis provides unique evidence that suggests the following: First, fiscal rules reduce public deficits. The effect is stronger the better the analyzed budget position corresponds with the variable targeted by the rules. Second, cantonal debt brakes exhibit some unintended effects, i.e., an evasion into unconstrained accounts, emphasizing the importance of constraining all accounts. Third, the existence of political budget cycles depends on the institutional context, i.e., the timing of elections and the presence of debt brakes. Fifth, cantonal debt brakes dampen the fiscal deterioration during unexpected deficit shocks by more rapid fiscal adjustments.

      PubDate: 2017-06-22T11:33:33Z
  • Immigration, Assimilation, and the Future of Public Education
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 10 June 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy
      Author(s): Ryuichi Tanaka, Lidia Farre, Francesc Ortega
      This paper analyzes the effects of immigration on the size and quality of public education using a quantitative political economy model that allows for a heterogeneous immigrant population. Our analysis distinguishes between short and long-run effects and accounts for the consequences of naturalization and assimilation. We use the model to analyze Spain's large 2000-2008 immigration wave. We find that immigration led to a 15% increase in public enrollment in the short run, together with a 3% reduction in public education spending and almost a 1 percentage-point increase in the share of native households using private schools. Depending on the eventual degree of assimilation, these trends will be greatly intensified or mitigated once immigrants naturalize and gain the right to vote. Our analysis suggests that assimilation in terms of family size and the value assigned to children's education are the most relevant dimensions quantitatively. We also show that immigration policies that favor one group over another can significantly alter the overall effects of immigration on the schooling system.

      PubDate: 2017-06-12T11:06:30Z
  • Breaking the norms: When is evading inheritance taxes socially
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 20 May 2017
      Source:European Journal of Political Economy
      Author(s): Martin Abraham, Kerstin Lorek, Friedemann Richter, Matthias Wrede
      Using the example of inheritance tax, we examine the relationship between the structure of the tax and the strength of the social tax compliance norm. Based on the assumption that deviation from a legal norm is the more accepted the less its underlying principles are jeopardized, we argue that violating the tax compliance norm is socially justifiable if revenue requirements as well as equity and efficiency tax principles are not infringed upon by the evasion. Building on the literature on tax evasion, optimal inheritance taxation, and family economics, we hypothesize that a large non-declared amount of transfer and a high liquidity of the transferred asset decrease the acceptability of inheritance tax evasion and that both a high degree of kinship and young age of the heir increase the acceptance of evasion. Utilizing an experimental design embedded in a survey on the acceptance of inheritance tax evasion conducted in Germany in 2012, we confirm these hypotheses empirically.

      PubDate: 2017-05-23T10:11:52Z
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