Insuring Against Hunger? Long-Term Political Consequences of Exposure to the Dutch Famine

38 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2021

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Raluca L. Pahontu

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Gerda Hooijer

University College London

David Rueda

University of Oxford

Date Written: July 28, 2021

Abstract

Does experiencing a shock alter one's voting behavior? We explore how a specific shock to individuals’ health and human capital accumulation -- in-utero malnutrition -- prompted by the sudden onset of the 1944/45 Dutch Famine affects insurance demand and voting behavior later in life. Given similar socialization patterns, we find conglomerations of affected individuals to be associated with higher support for Left parties more than 50 years after the exposure. Relying on rich administrative data and leveraging the Dutch Famine as a natural experiment, this paper represents an initial effort to investigate and confirm the long-term effects of shocks on political behavior.

Keywords: political economy, voting, insurance, redistribution, famine, administrative data

JEL Classification: D72, D81, P16, I13, J65

Suggested Citation

Pahontu, Raluca L. and Hooijer, Gerda and Rueda, David, Insuring Against Hunger? Long-Term Political Consequences of Exposure to the Dutch Famine (July 28, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3895192 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3895192

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Gerda Hooijer

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David Rueda

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