Fertilizer Subsidies and Voting Patterns: Political Economy Dimensions of Input Subsidy Programs
AbstractAgricultural input subsidies often have implicit or explicit political economy objectives. Using panel data from Zambia, this article empirically tests whether election outcomes affect targeting of subsidized fertilizer and whether fertilizer subsidies win votes. Results suggest that the Zambian government allocated substantially more subsidized fertilizer to households in constituencies won by the ruling party in the last election, and more so the larger its margin of victory. However, past subsidized fertilizer allocations had no statistically significant effect on the share of votes won by the incumbent president. Rather, voters rewarded the incumbent for reductions in unemployment, poverty, and income inequality.
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fertilizer subsidies; political economy; voting patterns; election outcomes; fractional response; Zambia; sub-Saharan Africa; Agricultural and Food Policy; International Development; Political Economy; P16; D7; H2; H4; Q18;
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- P16 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Political Economy of Capitalism
- D7 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making
- H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
- H4 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods
- Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy
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- NEP-AGR-2013-06-04 (Agricultural Economics)
- NEP-ALL-2013-06-04 (All new papers)
- NEP-CDM-2013-06-04 (Collective Decision-Making)
- NEP-POL-2013-06-04 (Positive Political Economics)
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