Found 3 article(s) for author 'James Alt'

Contagious Political Concerns: How Unemployment Information Passed Between Weak Ties Influences Danish Voters

Contagious Political Concerns: How Unemployment Information Passed Between Weak Ties Influences Danish Voters. James Alt, Horacio Larreguy, May  2019, Paper, “While social pressure between close network ties is widely believed to influence voters, evidence that information passed between weak ties affects beliefs, policy preferences, and behavior is limited. We investigate such information diffusion by examining whether weak ties relay information about unemployment shocks in Denmark. We link surveys with rich population-level administrative data to overcome several difficulties of identifying causal effects. Mapping each respondent’s familial, vocational, and educational ties, we find that unemployment shocks afflicting second-degree weak ties—individuals that voters interact with indirectly—increase a voter’s self-assessed risk of becoming unemployed, perception of the national unemployment rate, support for unemployment insurance, and voting for left-wing political parties. Voters update about national aggregates from all shocks equally, whereas subjective perceptions and preferences respond primarily to unemployment shocks afflicting second-degree weak ties in similar industries. This implies that political preferences driven by information transmitted through weak ties principally reflect individual insurance—rather than sociotropic—motives.Link

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Twenty years of transparency research

Twenty years of transparency research. James Alt, October 26, 2018, Paper, “A keynote speech given at the conference “Public Sector Economics 2018 – Fiscal openness: transparency, participation and accountability in fiscal policies” organized by the Institute of Public Finance, International Budget Partnership and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Zagreb on October 26, 2018.” Link

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Inequality, Labor Market Segmentation, and Preferences for Redistribution.

Inequality, Labor Market Segmentation, and Preferences for Redistribution. James Alt, Torben Iversen, August 11, 2014, Paper, “We formalize and examine two overlapping models that show how rising inequality combined with ethnic and racial heterogeneity can explain why many advanced industrial countries have experienced a drop in support for redistribution as inequality has risen. One model, based on altruism and homophily, focuses on the effect of increasing ‘social distance’ between the poor and the middle class, especially when minorities are increasingly overrepresented among the very poor.Link

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