Macroeconomic and Social Change and Popular Demand for Redistribution

34 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2011

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Mads Meier Jæger

University of Copenhagen - Department of Sociology; The Danish National Centre for Social Research

Date Written: March 9, 2011

Abstract

This paper tests the self-interest hypothesis arguing that changes in macroeconomic and social conditions affect popular demand for redistribution. I analyze data from four waves of the European Social Survey and use a synthetic cohort design to generate pseudo panel data for socio-demographic groups that are matched over time. I estimate fixed effect models and find that (1) changes in macroeconomic and social conditions affect the demand for redistribution; (2) results are mostly consistent with the self-interest hypothesis claiming that agents demand more redistribution in economically hard times (and vice versa in good times); and (3) the effect of macroeconomic and social conditions on the demand for redistribution are highly non-linear.

Keywords: demand for redistribution, public opinion, comparative, fixed effect, European Social Survey

JEL Classification: D63, H11

Suggested Citation

Jæger, Mads Meier, Macroeconomic and Social Change and Popular Demand for Redistribution (March 9, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1799951 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1799951

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