From Citizen's Rights to Civic Responsibilities

44 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2019

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Lucas Ronconi

Centro de Investigación y Acción Social & CONICET

Date Written: July 2019

Abstract

In less developed countries the state does not extends its legality homogenously. A share of the population suffers its absence or its illegal presence. In this article we argue that such irregular state intervention has more negative consequences that previously thought. Individuals who suffer lack of access to citizen's rights blame the state for their hardship, and negatively reciprocate by ignoring their civic duties. The building blocks of our hypothesis are attribution theory and reciprocity. We provide evidence based on self-report survey data for almost one hundred developing countries; an observational study where compliance with civic duties can be objectively assessed; and a list experiment. The evidence indicates that people who are discriminated by government officials, or workers who do not receive legally-mandated benefits, are less likely to comply with civic duties such as voting and paying taxes. Exclusion erodes civic responsibilities.

Keywords: reciprocity, trust, taxes, voting, rights, citizenship

JEL Classification: H26, I38, D63

Suggested Citation

Ronconi, Lucas, From Citizen's Rights to Civic Responsibilities (July 2019). IZA Discussion Paper No. 12457, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3427594

Lucas Ronconi (Contact Author)

Centro de Investigación y Acción Social & CONICET ( email )

Av. Callao 542
Buenos Aires, 1022
Argentina

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