Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/44462
Authors: 
Osterloh, Steffen
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 11-011
Abstract: 
Regional transfers are assumed to have an impact on the public opinion towards the benefactor, but empirical evidence is still scarce. In this paper we test this hypothesis for the structural funds of the European Union (EU) by combining detailed data on regional transfers with public opinion surveys. A positive impact of transfers on public support for the EU can be confirmed. Moreover, we scrutinize the role of awareness of being a recipient of funds in this process. In particular, we find that the impact of the amount of transfers on the individual's awareness is heterogenous and particularly depends on education. Finally, we show that the type of information source which arouses the citizen's awareness of the transfers affects the impact on his opinion.
Subjects: 
Regional policy
vote purchasing
public opinion
European Union
JEL: 
D72
F59
H73
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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