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Populist Voting and Losers’ Discontent: Does Redistribution Matter?

Giuseppe Albanese (), Guglielmo Barone () and Guido de Blasio ()

No 239, "Marco Fanno" Working Papers from Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche "Marco Fanno"

Abstract: Economic roots of populism in Western countries are quite well understood but much less is known about policy implications. We study a large redistribution program that conveyed, within the EU cohesion framework, a relevant amount of money to some Italian municipalities. Our identification strategy is based on a spatial regression discontinuity design, which exploits the allocation rule of funds. We focus on the 2013 general elections and show that municipalities favored by redistribution exhibit a drop in populism of about 5% of the mean of the dependent variable.

Keywords: populism; voting; redistribution (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 R58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2019-09
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