Nimby Clout on the 2011 Italian Nuclear Referendum

Quaderni DSE Working Paper No. 784

21 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2011

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Giuseppe Pignataro

University of Bologna - Department of Economics

Giovanni Prarolo

University of Bologna; University of Milan - Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano (LdA)

Date Written: September 15, 2011

Abstract

This paper claims that the 2011 Italian referendum on nuclear power is taking shape as a clean laboratory for the measurement of one of the main aspects of the NIMBY (Not In My BackYard) issue. Since the citizens voted on the possibility for the government to set up new nuclear plants in well-known sites, we identify community preferences for their locations across Italian municipalities using the turnout rate. The Fukushima nuclear disaster that happened a few months before the referendum may have magnified negative attitudes toward nuclear power. Thus, taking into account regional and political features that may influence ideological aversion to nuclear power, we still find highly negative correlation between distance from nuclear sites and the turnout rate.

Keywords: NIMBY, referendum, nuclear risk, distance

JEL Classification: D72, H41, Q48

Suggested Citation

Pignataro, Giuseppe and Prarolo, Giovanni, Nimby Clout on the 2011 Italian Nuclear Referendum (September 15, 2011). Quaderni DSE Working Paper No. 784, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1927845 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1927845

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Giovanni Prarolo

University of Bologna ( email )

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Bologna, 40100
Italy

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University of Milan - Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano (LdA) ( email )

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Milano, Mi 20122
Italy

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