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Civic capital and support for the welfare state

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  • Roy Cerqueti
  • Fabio Sabatini
  • Marco Ventura

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We model how the interplay between tax surveillance institutions and civic capital shapes taxpayers’ support for welfare state. We show that, when tax surveillance is tight, rational civic-minded individuals express greater support for welfare spending than uncivic ones. We provide empirical evidence of these preferences using data from Italy, a country that has long posed a puzzle for public economists for its limited civic capital and large welfare state.

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  • Roy Cerqueti & Fabio Sabatini & Marco Ventura, 2017. "Civic capital and support for the welfare state," EERI Research Paper Series EERI RP 2017/13, Economics and Econometrics Research Institute (EERI), Brussels.
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    1. Fabio Sabatini & Marco Ventura & Eiji Yamamura & Luca Zamparelli, 2017. "Fairness and the unselfish demand for redistribution by taxpayers and welfare recipients," EERI Research Paper Series EERI RP 2017/14, Economics and Econometrics Research Institute (EERI), Brussels.
    2. Argentiero, Amedeo & Cerqueti, Roy & Sabatini, Fabio, 2018. "Does social capital explain the Solow residual? A DSGE approach," MPRA Paper 87100, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Gualtieri, Giovanni & Nicolini, Marcella & Sabatini, Fabio & Zamparelli, Luca, 2018. "Natural disasters and demand for redistribution: lessons from an earthquake," MPRA Paper 86445, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    Welfare state; redistribution; tax surveillance; trust; civic capital; social capital.;

    JEL classification:

    • H10 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - General
    • H53 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Welfare Programs
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • D69 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Other
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics

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