Voting and turning out for monetary integration: the case of the French referendum on the Maastricht treaty
AbstractThis paper analyses the voting and abstention patterns in French departments in the 1992 referendum on the Maastricht treaty, in light of the potential impact of monetary union. We observe that departmental characteristics implying either greater benefits or lower costs from monetary union are significantly correlated with the approval rate. This supports the view that the voting behavior of individual agents depended on their self-interest. The impact of economic characteristics on the abstention rate is less clear. Indeed, the variable that is most significantly correlated with abstention in the referendum is average abstention in other elections.
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Length: 24 p.
Date of creation: Feb 2005
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Publication status: Published by: DULBEA - Université libre de Bruxelles, Bruxelles
Monetary union; referendum; voting; abstention;
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- Pierre-Guillaume Meon, 2009. "Voting and turning out for monetary integration: the case of the French referendum on the Maastricht treaty," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(18), pages 2369-2384.
- Pierre-Guillaume MÃ©on, 2009. "Voting and turning out for monetary integration: the case of the French referendum on the Maastricht treaty," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/89993, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
- Pierre-Guillaume MÃ©on, 2009. "Voting and turning out for monetary integration: the case of the French referendum on the Maastricht treaty," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/8360, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
- D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General
- F02 - International Economics - - General - - - International Economic Order; Noneconomic International Organizations;; Economic Integration and Globalization: General
- F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
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