Preferences for Regional Redistribution in Multi-Tiered Politics: The Role of Information and Survey Evidence

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dc.contributor.author Balcells, Laia
dc.contributor.author Fernández-Albertos, José
dc.contributor.author Kuo, Alexander
dc.date.accessioned 2014-04-07T09:10:00Z
dc.date.available 2014-04-07T09:10:00Z
dc.date.issued 2014-02-20
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/18323
dc.description.abstract What explains individual support for redistribution among regions within a country? Building on extant models, we hypothesize that such preferences are affected by regional income, conditioned by individual income and political ideology. We test hypotheses with an experiment embedded in a nationally representative survey in Spain, where we randomly inform some citizens of the true relative income of their region. The effect of this information is therefore akin to changes in relative regional income. We find that citizens' learning about a region's relative position affects preferences for redistribution; specifically, low-income respondents in relatively well-off regions become particularly against inter-regional redistribution. The effects of regional income are moderated by political ideology and priming of "out group" regions. The findings have implications for debates about the applicability of economic models to explaining support for regional arrangements, and about the role of second-dimensional "identity" politics.
dc.description.sponsorship This project has been funded by the Càtedra Pasqual Maragall d’Economia i Territori (University of Barcelona), and by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) (project number: 200910I070). For comments on previous versions of this paper, we thank Sabine Flamand, Mark Kayser, Johannes Lindvall, as well as partici-pants at the MPSA 2013, EPSA 2013, CES 2013 and the Moscow Mini-Conference on Culture, Diversity and Development. The usual disclaimer applies.
dc.format.extent 49
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Instituto Carlos III - Juan March de Ciencias Sociales (IC3JM)
dc.relation.ispartofseries Estudios = Working Papers
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2014/283
dc.rights Atribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 3.0 España
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/es/
dc.subject.other Redistribution
dc.subject.other Federalism
dc.subject.other Decentralization
dc.subject.other Survey experiment
dc.subject.other Spain
dc.title Preferences for Regional Redistribution in Multi-Tiered Politics: The Role of Information and Survey Evidence
dc.type workingPaper
dc.subject.eciencia Política
dc.subject.eciencia Economía
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