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Voting in the Aftermath of a Pension Reform: The Role of Financial Literacy

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Economic reforms affecting people’s lives are generally quite unpopular and may imply an electoral cost. This can derive, among other things, from lack of understanding of the basic elements of reforms. Our paper shows that the electoral cost of a pension reform is significantly lower in countries where the level of financial literacy is higher. The evidence from data on legislative elections held between 1990 and 2010 in 21 advanced countries is robust when we control for macro-economic conditions, demographic factors, and characteristics of the political system. Interestingly, these findings are not robust when we use less specific indicators of human capital – such as general schooling - supporting the view that knowledge of basic economic and financial concepts has distinctive features that may help reduce the electoral cost of reforms having a relevant impact on the life cycle of individuals.

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  • Fornero, Elsa & Lo Prete, Anna, 2017. "Voting in the Aftermath of a Pension Reform: The Role of Financial Literacy," Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis. Working Papers 201723, University of Turin.
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    1. Holzmann, Robert, 2017. "The ABCs of Nonfinancial Defined Contribution (NDC) Schemes," IZA Policy Papers 130, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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