Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/214565
Authors: 
Stadelmann, David
Portmann, Marco
Eichenberger, Reiner
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
CREMA Working Paper No. 2014-19
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.
Subjects: 
Income
policy decisions
representation
voting
referenda
political behavior
JEL: 
D72
H70
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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