Individual Attitudes Towards Trade: Stolper-Samuelson Revisited

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URI: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:21-opus-56580
http://hdl.handle.net/10900/47857
Dokumentart: ResearchPaper
Date: 2011
Source: University of Tübingen Working Papers in Economics and Finance ; 11
Language: English
Faculty: 6 Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Department: Wirtschaftswissenschaften
DDC Classifikation: 330 - Economics
Keywords: Außenhandelspolitik
Other Keywords:
Trade policy , Voter preferences , Political economy
License: Publishing license excluding print on demand
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Abstract:

This paper studies to what extent individuals form their preferences towards trade policies along the lines of the Stolper-Samuelson logic. We employ a novel international survey data set with an extensive coverage of high-, middle-, and low-income countries, address a subtle methodological shortcoming in previous studies and condition on aspects of individual “enlightenment”. We find statistically significant and economically large Stolper-Samuelson effects. In the United States, being high-skilled increases an individual’s probability of favoring free trade by up to twelve percentage points, other things equal. In Ethiopia, the effect amounts to eight percentage points, but in exactly the opposite direction.

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