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Local Economies and General Elections

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  • Elinder, Mikael

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    (Department of Economics)

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This paper estimates voters’ response to municipality and regional level unemployment and economic growth, in Swedish general elections from 1985 to 2002, using data on 284 municipalities and 9 regions. An increase in regional growth or a reduction in regional unemployment by one percentage point is associated with an increase in the support for the national government by about 0.8 and 1.1 percentage points. Changes in unemployment and growth at the municipality level seem to have much smaller effects on government support.

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Paper provided by Uppsala University, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 2007:1.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 23 Nov 2006
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:uunewp:2007_001

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Keywords: elections; voting; local economic conditions;

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