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Individual support for economic and political changes: Evidence from transition countries, 1991-2004

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  • Riccardo Rovelli

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  • Anzelika Zaiceva

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Using a unique dataset, we propose a new measure of public evaluation of transitional reforms and study, for the first time, the evolution of support for economic and political reforms in 14 transition economies over 1991-2004. We show that support for economic changes has been increasing over time after an initial dip, while support for political reforms has generally been higher. Support attitudes are lower among the old, less skilled, unemployed, poor, and those living in the CIS countries, especially during the 1990s. We also find evidence that transition-related hardship, opinions on the speed of reforms, political preferences and preferences towards redistribution, ideology and social capital matter. Finally, we show that preferences for state ownership and the quality of political institutions contribute mostly to explaining the lower levels of support in the CIS countries.

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Paper provided by University of Modena and Reggio E., Dept. of Economics in its series Center for Economic Research (RECent) with number 059.

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Length: pages 39
Date of creation: May 2011
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Handle: RePEc:mod:recent:059

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Keywords: political economy; public support; reforms; transition;

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  1. Milanovic, Branko & Ersado, Lire, 2010. "Reform and Inequality during the Transition: An Analysis Using Panel Houshold Survey Data, 1990-2006," Working Paper Series wp2010-62, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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  1. Golinelli, Roberto & Rovelli, Riccardo, 2011. "Did Growth and Reforms Increase Citizens' Support for the Transition?," IZA Discussion Papers 5836, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. H. Lehmann, 2012. "The Polish growth miracle: outcome of persistent reform efforts," Working Papers wp822, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.

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