Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/181341
Authors: 
Dolls, Mathias
Wehrhöfer, Nils
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 7141
Abstract: 
We present the first evidence on public attitudes towards two prominent euro area reform proposals (European Unemployment Benefit Scheme and Sovereign Insolvency Procedure) and assess potential impediments to their implementation by means of a randomized survey experiment in Germany. We find that there is a low willingness among German voters to accept fiscal risk-sharing through common unemployment insurance, while a sovereign insolvency procedure aimed at strengthening market discipline is supported by a majority of the electorate. Our randomized treatments confronting survey participants with potential adverse effects of the reforms lead to significant downward shifts in approval rates. Altruism, cosmopolitanism, political preferences and income are important predictors of support for the reform proposals. We also show that there is a striking contrast between the low level of support for transfers to other euro area member states and a broad acceptance of inner German transfers.
Subjects: 
public attitudes
euro area reforms
European unemployment insurance
sovereign insolvency procedure
JEL: 
H55
H24
J26
D14
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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