Individual Support for Economic and Political Changes: Evidence from Transition Countries, 1991-2004

Quaderni DSE Working Paper No. 736

45 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2011  

Riccardo Rovelli

University of Bologna - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Anzelika Zaiceva

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: January 20, 2011

Abstract

Using a unique dataset for 14 transition economies, we propose a new measure for individual evaluations of transitional reforms, which we use to study, for the first time, the evolution of support for economic and political reforms from 1991 to 2004. We show that support for economic changes has been increasing over time after an initial drop, while support for political reforms has generally been higher. Support attitudes are lower among the old, less skilled, unemployed, poor, and those living in the CIS countries, especially during the 1990s. We also find evidence that transition-related hardship, opinions on the speed of reforms, political preferences and preferences towards redistribution, ideology and social capital matter. Finally, we show that individual preferences for state ownership and the quality of political institutions contribute mostly to explaining the lower levels of support in the CIS countries.

Keywords: Political Economy, Public Support, Reforms, Transition

JEL Classification: O57, A13, P26, P36

Suggested Citation

Rovelli, Riccardo and Zaiceva, Anzelika, Individual Support for Economic and Political Changes: Evidence from Transition Countries, 1991-2004 (January 20, 2011). Quaderni DSE Working Paper No. 736. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1781024 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1781024

Riccardo Rovelli (Contact Author)

University of Bologna - Department of Economics ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

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Anzelika Zaiceva

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia ( email )

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Modena, Modena 42121
Italy

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 7 / 9
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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