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One More in My Backyard? Insights from the 2011 Italian Nuclear Referendum

Quaderni DSE Working Paper No. 837

30 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2012  

Giuseppe Pignataro

University of Bologna - Department of Economics

Giovanni Prarolo

University of Bologna; Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)

Date Written: June 28, 2012

Abstract

This paper investigates the 2011 Italian referendum on nuclear power as a clean laboratory for recovering information on the spatial pattern of votes about the construction (or restoration) of nuclear facilities. Our results show that voting preferences on building nuclear facilities are sensible to proximity determined by a strong local component. Voters’ opposition to nuclear installments tends to be even higher when the effect of both existing and proposed plants is taken into account. The study tracks the changes of risk perception and voting preferences finding a positive correlation between the distance-related perceived nuclear risk and the share of participation against nuclear power. The perceived risk and the consequent voting pattern are even higher in communities close to proposed nuclear plants compared to the existing ones. This holds even after taking into account local, regional and political features and several municipality characteristics which may influence preferences over nuclear power.

Keywords: proximity, nuclear risk, referendum, multiple facilities

JEL Classification: D72, H41, Q48

Suggested Citation

Pignataro, Giuseppe and Prarolo, Giovanni, One More in My Backyard? Insights from the 2011 Italian Nuclear Referendum (June 28, 2012). Quaderni DSE Working Paper No. 837. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2095054 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2095054

Giuseppe Pignataro (Contact Author)

University of Bologna - Department of Economics ( email )

Strada Maggiore 45
Bologna, 40125
Italy

Giovanni Prarolo

University of Bologna ( email )

Piazza Scaravilli 2
Bologna, 40100
Italy

HOME PAGE: http://www2.dse.unibo.it/prarolo/

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) ( email )

C.so Magenta 63
Milano, 20123
Italy

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