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Politics and preferences

explanations to policy outcomes in Swedish municipalities

Folke, Olle (2008). Politics and preferences. Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv.
ISBN 978-91-85911-43-11
[Licentiate thesis]

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The overall aim of this thesis is to better understand how politics and preferences influence policy outcomes. The thesis consists of two papers that examine two different policy outcomes in Swedish municipalities. Paper I analyzes the effect of income and education on the environmental policy performance of Swedish local governments. In estimating the effects of income and education we will also examine how they interact with political participation. To examine this I use panel data based on an environmental ranking of Swedish municipalities made every year between 1993 and 2001. The empirical results show that there is a positive relationship between income and the environmental policy performance. This relationship is however captured by controlling for the education level, which has a positive relationship with the environmental policy performance. Controlling for municipal fixed effects and relevant control variables does not change this result. Furthermore we find that political participation has significant interaction effects with both income and education. Paper II develops a regression discontinuity (RD) design to estimate the causal effect of political party power on the placement of refugee immigrants in Swedish municipalities. That Swedish municipalities have a proportional election system puts forward specific challenges for using a RD design, which this paper will provide solutions to. The identification strategy is based on the idea that a specific party getting one more seat or not in the municipal council can be considered as good as random if the party is close to a seat change. Even though this paper only looks at Swedish data the method could be applied to other countries with proportional election systems. The results of the paper show that the political party power has a large effect on the placement of refugee immigrants in Swedish municipalities.

Authors/Creators:Folke, Olle
Title:Politics and preferences
Subtitle:explanations to policy outcomes in Swedish municipalities
Year of publishing :2008
Number of Pages:17
ALLI Folke, Olle (2008) Environmental Policy Performance of Swedish Local Governments: Is it the Mind or the Money? (manuscript) II Folke, Olle (2008). The Effect of Political Parties on the Placement of Refugee Immigrants in Swedish Municipalities. (manuscript)
Place of Publication:Uppsala
ISBN for printed version:978-91-85911-43-11
Publication Type:Licentiate thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agrovoc terms:local government, decision making, education, participation, environmental policies, experimental design, sweden
Keywords:Environmental Policy, Environmental Kuznets Curve, Regression Discontinuity Design, Education, Immigration
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ID Code:1761
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Deposited By: Olle Folke
Deposited On:07 May 2008 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:14

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