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We examine change in the size of the public sector between 1980 and 1997 across twenty-six Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ~OECD! member nations, with particular attention to diffusion dynamics+ General method of moments ~GMM! analyses demonstrate imitation of shifts in government employment within the United States and mutual(More)
  • Kenneth Scheve, David Stasavage, Roland Benabou, Tim Besley, Joan Esteban, Rob Franzese +12 others
  • 2005
In this paper we argue that religion and welfare state spending are substitute mechanisms that insure individuals against adverse life events. As a result, individuals who are religious are predicted to prefer lower levels of social insurance than will individuals who are secular. To the extent policy outcomes reflect individual preferences , then countries(More)
This paper attempts to explain cross-national voting behavior in 18 Western democracies over 1960-2003. A new data set for the median voter is introduced that corrects for stochastic error in the statistics from the Comparative Manifesto Project. Next, the paper finds that electoral behavior is closely related to the salience of particular economic(More)
  • Georgy Egorov, Sergei Guriev, Konstantin Sonin, Alexandre Debs, Ruben Enikolopov, Guido Friebel +8 others
  • 2009
Every dictator dislikes free media. Yet, many non-democratic countries have partially free or almost free media. In this paper, we develop a theory of media freedom in dictatorships and provide systematic statistical evidence in support of this theory. In our model, free media allow a dictator to provide incentives to bureaucrats and therefore to improve(More)
article(s) in LSE Research Online to facilitate their private study or for non-commercial research. You may not engage in further distribution of the material or use it for any profit-making activities or any commercial gain. You may freely distribute the URL Abstract This paper attempts to explain cross-national voting behavior in 18 Western democracies(More)
  • Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Johannes Spinnewijn, Simon Hix, Jonathan Hopkin, Mark Kayser, Torben Iversen +6 others
  • 2009
This paper tests the proposition that voters advance a more liberal agenda in prosperous times and shift towards being more conservative in dire economic times. A reference-dependent utility model establishes a dynamic relationship between income growth and voting behavior by way of the demand for public goods and the optimal tax rate. This income growth(More)
Prerequisites: Students may take HLE-512/Gov 2340 only if they have taken HLE-511/Soc 296a. The first half of the spring semester will be led by Kathryn Edin and Christopher Jencks. It will focus on policies related to equal opportunity. Specifically, it will consider the effects of family structure, parental SES, genes, race, gender, and residential(More)
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