Essays on the Redistributive Consequences of Democratic Constitutions
- Economics, Political Science
Why do some democracies redistribute more than others? In this dissertation, I examine how executive-legislative and electoral institutions, two fundamental dimensions in the design of democratic…
Presidentialism, Parliamentarism, and Redistribution
- Political Science
Why is public spending considerably lower in presidential than in parliamentary democracies? This paper proposes and tests a new argument to explain dierences in scal policies between presidential…
Inequality and the Partisan Political Economy
ABSTRACT Inequality is shown to shape public policies with significant redistributive ramifications. As a measure of the poor median voter's dissatisfaction with the economic status quo, some…
Cultural Differences in Monetary Policy Preferences
The monetary policy preferences of a population are often explained by the country’s economic history. Based on Swiss data, this paper indicates that while different language groups may share the…
Does immigration impact institutions?
- EconomicsEconomic Freedom and Prosperity
The economics literature generally finds a positive, but small, gain in income to native-born populations from immigrants and potentially large gains in world incomes. But immigrants can also impact…
Fairness, social norms and the cultural demand for redistribution
- EconomicsSoc. Choice Welf.
Observing during childhood how adults have collectively failed to implement fair redistributive policies lowers the concern during adulthood for fairness or the moral cost of not supporting fair taxation, which explains why immigrants from countries with a preference for greater redistribution continue to support higher redistribution in their destination country.
Inequality, Labor Market Segmentation, and Preferences for Redistribution
We formalize and examine two overlapping models that show how rising inequality combined with ethnic and racial heterogeneity can explain why many advanced industrial countries have experienced a…
Immigration Attitudes and Support for the Welfare State in the American Mass Public
In this article, we explore the relationship between Americans’ attitudes toward immigrants and immigration and their attitudes toward welfare. Using data from the Cumulative American National…
Sympathy for the Diligent and the Demand for Workfare
We study the role of fairness concerns in the demand for redistribution through workfare. In the first part of the paper, we present new evidence from a survey. We show that individuals are more…