Electoral Systems and Inequalities in Government Interventions

Join Laurent Bouton, from Georgetown University, for this week's department of Economics seminar

  • Tue 12 Mar 19

    16:00 - 17:30

  • Colchester Campus

    Economics Common Room 5B.307

  • Event speaker

    Laurent Bouton

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Economics, Department of

In today's seminar Laurent Bouton discusses his paper on Electoral Systems and Inequalities in Government Interventions

Laurent discusses his paper which studies the political determinants of inequality in government interventions under the majoritarian and proportional representation systems.

Using a model of electoral competition with targetable government interventions and heterogeneous localities, it uncovers a novel relative electoral sensitivity effect in majoritarian systems.

This effect, which depends on the geographic distribution of voters, can incentivize parties to allocate resources more equally under majoritarian systems than proportional representation systems. This contrasts with the conventional wisdom that government interventions are more unequal in majoritarian systems.

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