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Selfish and Prospective. Theory and Evidence of Pocketbook Voting

Mikael Elinder (), Henrik Jordahl () and Panu Poutvaara ()

No 40, Discussion Papers from Aboa Centre for Economics

Abstract: We present and test a theory of prospective and retrospective pocketbook voting. Focusing on two large reforms in Sweden, we establish a causal chain from policies to sizeable individual gains and losses and then to voting. The Social Democrats proposed budget cuts affecting parents with young children before the 1994 election, but made generous promises to the same group before the 1998 election. Since parents with older children were largely unaffected we use a difference-in-differences strategy for identification. We find clear evidence of prospective pocketbook voting. Voters respond to campaign promises but not to the later implementation of the reforms.

Keywords: elections; economic voting; pocketbook voting; selfinterest; prospective voting; retrospective voting; child care (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 D72 H50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 35
Date: 2008-10
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