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On some of the consequences of being possible to call early elections


  • António Caleiro

    () (Department of Economics, University of Évora)


This note presents some of the consequences due to the possibility of having early elections. First of all, elections, whether exogenously or endogenously determined, are relevant to challenge the well known neutrality principle of economic policies under rational expectations. Furthermore, in the particular case of being possible to admit early elections, the electoral advantages of right-wing parties in relation to left-wing parties suffer a diminishment.

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  • António Caleiro, 2005. "On some of the consequences of being possible to call early elections," Economics Working Papers 4_2005, University of Évora, Department of Economics (Portugal).
  • Handle: RePEc:evo:wpecon:4_2005

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    Early Elections; Median Voter; Partisan Policies;

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    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E61 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination

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