Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161523
Authors: 
Justino, Patricia
Martorano, Bruno
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2016/140
Abstract: 
This paper explores the relationship between a large government cash transfer programme, changes in inequality, and political participation in Mexico. The results show that increases in the coverage of the programme during the 2008 financial crisis resulted in greater individual participation in the last presidential elections and in higher individual propensity to vote, particularly for the incumbent party. The programme was particularly effective in increasing political participation among rural and indigenous groups, and had a mitigating effect on participation in presidential elections and the propensity to vote among the urban unskilled. The programme resulted also in reductions in individual participation in protests. Further analysis suggests that these changes were driven by redistributive gains following the changes to the cash transfer programme.
Subjects: 
conditional cash transfers
inequality
Mexico
protests
voting behaviour
JEL: 
D63
D70
D72
H23
I38
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-184-0
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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