Can regional transfers buy public support? : Evidence from EU structural policy


Osterloh, Steffen


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URL: http://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/3139
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-31391
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2011
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 320 Political science
Classification: JEL: D72 F59 H73 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Regionalpolitik , Europäische Union , Öffentliche Meinung , Strukturfonds
Keywords (English): regional policy , vote purchasing , public opinion , European Union
Abstract: Regional transfers are assumed to have an impact on the public opinion towards the benefactor, but empirical evidence is still scarce. In this paper we test this hypothesis for the structural funds of the European Union (EU) by combining detailed data on regional transfers with public opinion surveys. A positive impact of transfers on public support for the EU can be confirmed. Moreover, we scrutinize the role of awareness of being a recipient of funds in this process. In particular, we find that the impact of the amount of transfers on the individual’s awareness is heterogenous and particularly depends on education. Finally, we show that the type of information source which arouses the citizen’s awareness of the transfers affects the impact on his opinion.
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