Can democracy help with inequality?

Daron Acemoglu, Suresh Naidu, Pascual Restrepo, James A Robinson, 7 February 2014



There is a great deal of concern at the moment about the consequences of rising levels of inequality in North America and Western Europe. Will this lead to an oligarchisation of the political system, and imperil political and social stability? Many find such dynamics puzzling given that it is happening in democratic countries.

Topics: Politics and economics, Poverty and income inequality
Tags: democracy, Director’s Law, Inequality, Median Voter, redistribution

Why do candidates move along the political spectrum?

Richard Holden, Alberto Alesina, 22 September 2008



The most famous result in political science (Downs 1957) is that in a two candidate electoral race the two contestants should move toward the middle of the political spectrum. More precisely they should propose the policy preferred by the median voter.

Topics: Politics and economics
Tags: elections, Median Voter

From attitudes towards immigration to immigration policy outcomes: Does public opinion rule?

Giovanni Facchini, Anna Maria Mayda , 21 June 2008



Several recent studies (Anderson and Winters 2008, World Bank 2006) have pointed out that substantial gains can be achieved from the liberalisation of international migration flows, both for sending and receiving countries.1

Topics: Migration
Tags: immigration policy, Median Voter, pro-immigration interest groups

How individual attitudes are mapped into immigration policy outcomes

Giovanni Facchini, Anna Maria Mayda , 27 May 2008

According to recent estimates, about 11 million individuals migrate each year. Although this might look as a large number, it implies that worldwide only one in six hundred individuals changes country of residence over a twelve months period.

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Topics: Migration
Tags: immigration, immigration policy, Interest Groups, Median Voter, Political Economy

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