Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/129531
Authors: 
Friedrichsen, Jana
Zahn, Philipp
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series, Department of Economics, University of Mannheim 12-12
Abstract: 
During the Great Recession mass demonstrations indicated weakened political support in Europe. We show that growing dissatisfaction reflects poor economic conditions; unemployment is particularly important. Using individual level data for 16 Western European countries for 1976-2010, we find that national economic performance even matters beyond personal economic outcomes. Finally, while effects of growth and unemployment rates are the same across demographic subsets, the effect of inflation is heterogeneous. Younger, well-educated, or working individuals put relatively higher weight on price stability than the elderly, less skilled or not working. Our findings reinforce the political importance of employment and growth policies.
Subjects: 
Political support
satisfaction with democracy
growth
unemployment
collectivism
JEL: 
H11
O43
P16
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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