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Socioeconomic Correlates of Political Polarization: Evidence from English Counties

Daryna Grechyna ()

No 19/07, ThE Papers from Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada.

Abstract: This paper estimates political polarization in English counties during 1991–2007, based on the aggregated individual data from the British Household Panel Survey and using three variants of the political polarization measure. It analyzes the socioeconomic determinants of political polarization, using the indicators computed from the same survey. The results suggest that the statistical properties of three different polarization measures are similar, though there is some variation in the levels of polarization related to different policy statements. Greater income inequality, greater average age of county residents, greater share of employed full time, and lower share of natives are associated with greater political polarization in English counties. These findings shed some light on the microeconomic foundations of political polarization.

Keywords: political polarization; income inequality; social inequality; survey data. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D31 D63 D72 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 33 pages
Date: 2019-06-11
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-ltv, nep-pol and nep-ure
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