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April 2007Risk, Government and Globalization: International Survey Evidence
with Kevin H. O'Rourke, Richard Sinnott: w13037
This paper uses international survey data to document two stylized facts. First, risk aversion is associated with anti-trade attitudes. Second, this effect is smaller in countries with greater levels of government expenditure. The paper thus provides evidence for the microeconomic underpinnings of the argument associated with Ruggie (1982), Rodrik (1998) and others that government spending can bolster support for globalization by reducing the risk associated with it in the minds of voters.
September 2001Why Are Some People (and Countries) More Protectionist Than Others?
with Dani Rodrik: w8461
We analyze a rich cross-country data set that contains information on attitudes toward trade as well as a broad range of socio-demographic and other indicators. We find that pro-trade preferences are significantly and robustly correlated with an individual's level of human capital, in the manner predicted by the factor endowments model. Preferences over trade are also correlated with the trade exposure of the sector in which an individual is employed: individuals in non-traded sectors tend to be the most pro-trade, while individuals in sectors with a revealed comparative disadvantage are the most protectionist. Third, an individual's relative economic status, measured in terms of either relative income within each country or self-expressed social status, has a very strong positive associat...

Published: Mayda, Anna Maria and Dani Rodrik. "Why Are Some People (And Countries) More Protectionist Than Others?," European Economic Review, 2005, v49(6,Aug), 1393-1430. citation courtesy of

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