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Voting and turning out for monetary integration: the case of the French referendum on the Maastricht treaty

  • Pierre-Guillaume Méon

This 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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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series DULBEA Working Papers with number 05-02.RS.

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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
Handle: RePEc:dul:wpaper:05-02rs
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