Democratic Redistribution and Rule of the Majority

  title={Democratic Redistribution and Rule of the Majority},
  author={Giacomo Corneo and Frank Neher},
  journal={Microeconomics: Welfare Economics \& Collective Decision-Making eJournal},
  • G. Corneo, Frank Neher
  • Published 2014
  • Economics
  • Microeconomics: Welfare Economics & Collective Decision-Making eJournal
Does redistribution in democracies cater to the will of the majority? We propose and apply a simple empirical strategy based on survey data to address that longstanding issue. Differently from previous evaluations of the median-voter theory, ours does not assume that voters are guided by pecuniary motives alone. We find that most democracies do implement the amount of redistribution advocated by the median voter and the probability to serve the median voter increases with the quality of… Expand
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