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Rain, Elections and Money: The Impact of Voter Turnout on Distributive Policy Outcomes in Japan

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  • Yusaku Horichi
  • Jun Saito
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    Does voter turnout affect policy outcomes? This long-standing question has been re-visited recently with close empirical scrutiny. These studies, however, commonly suffer from a problem of omitting variables correlated with both causal and outcome variables: specifically, immeasurable political interactions between politicians, organised groups, and individual voters. We address this problem by exploiting an instrument based on new data measuring the amount of rainfall on the voting day. It is a valid instrument not only because it is correlated with voter turnout and uncorrelated with politically relevant omitted variables, but also because it is expected to satisfy the assumption of ‘homogeneous partial effects,’ which has not been carefully examined in previous studies that took advantage of instrumental variables. Using a large, mu­nicipality-level data set from Japan, we show that the turnout effect on the amounts of intergovernmental fiscal transfers is indeed significant, positive, and large.

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    Paper provided by Australia-Japan Research Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University in its series Asia Pacific Economic Papers with number 379.

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    Length: 23 pages
    Date of creation: 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:csg:ajrcau:379

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    1. Dino Falaschetti, 2003. "Can Latent Groups Influence Policy Decisions? The Case of Telecommunications Policy," Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, Oxford University Press, vol. 19(1), pages 83-105, April.
    2. Philippa Dee, 2006. "Multinational Corporations and Pacific Regionalism," Asia Pacific Economic Papers 358, Australia-Japan Research Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
    3. Dino Falaschetti, 2003. "Can latent groups influence policy decisions? The case of telecommunications policy," Public Economics 0311002, EconWPA.
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