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Title: By popular demand : voter decision making under risk
Author: Pahontu, Raluca Ludmila
ISNI:       0000 0005 0292 1441
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2020
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What is the role of risk in voters' political behaviour? By Popular Demand provides a bottom up framework exploring voter decision making under risk. The manuscript explores across three distinct settings how citizens' exposure or tolerance to risk impact their utility and how their demands translate into support for welfare spending, vote choice or the status-quo. Together, the three papers make several important theoretical and empirical contributions. The papers introduce novel measures of risk and clarify best measurement practices to avoid ecological fallacies, they emphasize the importance of private insurance, and show that risk aversion is time variant, and decreases in wealth. The manuscript concludes that risk is central to understanding changes in support for redistribution, the Left, and the status quo. Relying on research designs that account for time-invariant unobserved individual level heterogeneity, quasi-random assignment of treatment, or directly randomize the treatment, the theoretical framework is substantiated with causal evidence.
Supervisor: Rueda, Francisco David ; Huthwaite, Desmond Sponsor: Economic and Social Research Council ; Nuffield College
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.823612  DOI: Not available
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