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The role of macroeconomic performance in individual’s attitudes towards protectionism

Natalia Melgar, Juliette Milgram Baleix () and Maximo Rossi ()
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Natalia Melgar: Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República

No 809, Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) from Department of Economics - dECON

Abstract: In this paper we investigate some factors shaping individual support for protectionism that have not been studied previously. We examine a heterogeneous sample of thirty countries which includes both small and large and developed and developing countries using data from the 2003 International Social Survey Program (ISSP). We confirm the influence of social status (education, age and relative income), values and attachments on preferences for trade policies and the fact that skilled people are also more likely to be pro-trade. We also verify previous findings concerning the fact that individual’s opinions match with how their revenue could be affected in the medium or long term by trade liberalization. We highlight other important factors influencing public opinion towards protectionism: individual support for protectionism is also affected by the macroeconomic context and size of their country of residence.

Keywords: Preferences; protectionism support; free trade; mercantilist; nationalism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D01 F13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-int and nep-pol
Date: 2009-07
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