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You Get What You Vote For: Electoral Determinants of Economic Freedom

Eric Crampton ()

Public Economics from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: While several cross-sectional studies (La Porta et. al. 2002, Norton 2002) examine institutional and cultural determinants of economic freedom, changes in economic freedom remain unexamined. I construct a measure of median voter preferences and find changes in voter preferences for economic freedom to be a significant determinant of changes in economic freedom in a panel of 25 OECD countries. The voter preference measure is robust to several alternative specifications, including the addition of institutional variables.

Keywords: Economic Freedom; Median Voter; Manifesto Data; Voter Preferences (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 D78 H11 P16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 21 pages
Date: 2002-11-13
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-pbe and nep-pol
Note: Type of Document - pdf; pages: 21 ; figures: tables included. This paper contains some initial results that will be included in the second chapter of my dissertation. The paper is forthcoming in the Journal of Private Enterprise. I am expanding on this work; comments and suggestions are quite welcome.
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