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Nations will fall? Revisiting the economic determinants of attitudes to European integration

A model is constructed, using Eurobarometer data, of the propensity of individuals to favour European integration. A key role is played by economic considerations: countries in which income per capita is relatively low contain individuals that are more positive in their attitudes to Europe; growth is associated with more positive attitudes; economic fluctuations, above a threshold, are associated with more negative attitudes. Correcting for multicollinearity increases the explanatory power of many variables, and weakens the power of country dummies.

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Paper provided by Lancaster University Management School, Economics Department in its series Working Papers with number 566772.

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