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Globalization, Time-Preferences, and Populist Voting

Thomas Aronsson (), Clemens Hetschko () and Ronnie Schöb ()
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Thomas Aronsson: Department of Economics, Umeå University, Postal: Department of Economics, Umeå University, S 901 87 Umeå, Sweden, https://www.umu.se/handelshogskolan
Ronnie Schöb: Freie Universität Berlin and CESifo, Postal: School of Business & Economics, Freie Universität Berlin, Boltzmannstraße 20, D–14195 Berlin

Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Ronnie Schoeb ()

No 978, Umeå Economic Studies from Umeå University, Department of Economics

Abstract: Societies see growing support for populist politicians who advocate an end to globalization. Our behavioral economics model links impatience to voters’ appraisals of an income shock due to globalization that is associated with short-run costs and delayed gains. The model shows that impatient individuals may reject further globalization if they are subject to borrowing constraints. Using German data, we confirm that impatient voters choose right-wing antiglobalist parties. Similarly, we show for the United Kingdom that a preference for immediate gratification increases the support for right-wing anti-globalist parties as well as for Brexit. A policy implication of our study is that governments may use up-front redistribution to gain voters’ support for further globalization.

Keywords: Globalization; time-preference; impatience; time-inconsistency; populism; Brexit; up-front redistribution (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D15 D72 D91 F15 F61 F68 H53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 63 pages
Date: 2020-07-22
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-int, nep-ltv, nep-opm, nep-pol and nep-upt
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