Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/112995
Authors: 
Portmann, Marco
Stadelmann, David
Eichenberger, Reiner
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Beiträge zur Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2015: Ökonomische Entwicklung - Theorie und Politik - Session: Political Economy II B21-V3
Abstract: 
We analyze political representation of preferences of different income groups by matching referendum outcomes for low, middle, and high-income voters with individual legislators decisions on identical policy proposals. Results indicate that legislators more closely represent preferences of rich voters than preferences of middle-income and poor voters, and legislators are more responsive towards the rich. Preferences of low, middle, and high-income voters are, however, correlated. Representation of income groups varies according to legislators party affiliations.
JEL: 
D72
H30
D63
Document Type: 
Conference Paper

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