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Civic capital and support for the welfare state

  • Roy Cerqueti
  • Fabio SabatiniEmail author
  • Marco Ventura
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Abstract

We model how the interplay between tax surveillance institutions and civic capital shapes taxpayers’ support for the welfare state. We show that, when tax surveillance is tight, rational civic-minded individuals express greater support for welfare spending than uncivic ones. We provide empirical evidence of these preferences using data from Italy, a country that has long posed a puzzle for public economists for its limited civic capital and large welfare state.

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Acknowledgements

We are indebted to two anonymous reviewers whose comments led to a substantial improvement of the paper. We are grateful to Joshua D. Angrist, Maurizio Franzini, Marcella Nicolini and Marc Sangnier for helpful comments and suggestions. Usual disclaimers apply.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics and LawUniversity of MacerataMacerataItaly
  2. 2.Department of Economics and LawSapienza University of RomeRomeItaly
  3. 3.IZABonnGermany

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