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Civic capital and support for the welfare state

Roy Cerqueti (), Fabio Sabatini () and Marco Ventura ()
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Roy Cerqueti: Department of Economics and Law Ð University of Macerata

No wp65, Econometica Working Papers from Econometica

Abstract: We model how the interplay between tax surveillance institutions and civic capital shapes taxpayersÕ support for welfare state. We show that, when tax surveillance is tight, rational civic-minded individuals express greater support for welfare spending than uncivic ones. We provide empirical evidence of these preferences using data from Italy, a country that has long posed a puzzle for public economists for its limited civic capital and large welfare state.

Keywords: welfare state; redistribution; tax surveillance; trust; civic capital; social capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H10 H53 D63 D69 Z1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-12
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