Conditional Election and Partisan Cycles in Government Support to the Agricultural Sector: An Empirical Analysis

26 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2020

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Jeroen Klomp

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Jakob de Haan

University of Groningen - Faculty of Economics and Business; De Nederlandsche Bank; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: July 2013

Abstract

We examine the effect of elections and government ideology on public funding to the agricultural sector using a panel model for more than 70 democratic countries from 1975‐2009. We find that support for agriculture increases prior to elections, and that right‐wing governments redistribute more income to the agricultural sector than left‐wing governments. Political cycles are conditional on certain factors; for example, elections have a stronger effect on support under right‐wing cabinets. Further, in industrialized countries, the election (partisan) effect is strongest under majoritarian (proportional) electoral systems. In developing countries, the election (partisan) effect is strongest under proportional (majoritarian) electoral systems.

Keywords: public agricultural spending, political budget cycles, government ideology

Suggested Citation

Klomp, Jeroen and de Haan, Jakob and de Haan, Jakob, Conditional Election and Partisan Cycles in Government Support to the Agricultural Sector: An Empirical Analysis (July 2013). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 95, Issue 4, pp. 793-818, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3573084 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aat007

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