Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/45796
Authors: 
Jäkel, Ina C.
Smolka, Marcel
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
University of Tübingen working papers in economics and finance 11
Abstract: 
This paper studies to what extent individuals form their preferences towards trade policies along the lines of the Stolper-Samuelson logic. We employ a novel international survey data set with an extensive coverage of high-, middle-, and low-income countries, address a subtle methodological shortcoming in previous studies and condition on aspects of individualenlightenment. We find statistically significant and economically large Stolper-Samuelson effects. In the United States, being high-skilled increases an individual's probability of favoring free trade by up to twelve percentage points, other things equal. In Ethiopia, the effect amounts to eight percentage points, but in exactly the opposite direction.
Subjects: 
Trade policy
Voter preferences
Political economy
JEL: 
F11
F13
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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