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Electoral competition and redistribution with rationally informed voters

Larcinese, Valentino (2005) Electoral competition and redistribution with rationally informed voters. The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, 4 (1). ISSN 1935-1682

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In spite of the negligible probability that everyone has to cast a decisive vote, political information can be relevant for a number of private decisions. Under quite mild assumptions, the demand for information is increasing in income. Being informed affects responsiveness to electoral platforms and vote-seeking political parties should take this into account in their optimization process. As a consequence, redistribution is generally lower than what the median voter theorem predicts. Moreover, in contrast with what most literature takes for granted, an increase in inequality does not unambiguously increase redistribution. This is consistent with most empirical research in this field. Finally, an increase in the cost of information induces a reduction in redistribution.

Item Type: Article
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Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 08 May 2008 10:09
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 13:14

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