Economics and Ideology : Causal Evidence of the Impact of Economic Conditions on Support for Redistribution and Other Ballot Proposals

  title={Economics and Ideology : Causal Evidence of the Impact of Economic Conditions on Support for Redistribution and Other Ballot Proposals},
  author={Eric J Brunner and Stephen L. Ross},
There is a large literature demonstrating that positive eco nomic conditions increase support for incumbent candidates, but little unders tanding of how economic conditions affect preferences for parties and for particul ars of their platforms. We ask how exogenous shifts to the value of residents human capi tal affect voting behavior in California neighborhoods. As predicted by econ omic theory, we find that positive economic shocks decrease support for redistr ibutive policies. More notably… CONTINUE READING

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