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  • IEB Report 4/2022: Carbon Taxation

    Carbon Taxation

    The burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas emits gases into the atmosphere that act like the glass roof of a greenhouse, trapping the sun’s heat and preventing it from escaping into space, thereby increasing the temperature of the planet. This warming of the Earth is causing...

    2021/07: Ignorance is bliss: voter education and alignment in distributive politics

    Federico Boffa, Francisco Cavalcanti, Amedeo Piolatto

    Central politicians channel resources to sub-national entities for political gains. We show formally that the central politicians' allocation decision has two drivers: political alignment (between central and local politicians) and the level of local political accountability. However, drivers count one at a time: alignment matters before local elections, while local...

    2020/12: Political cycles and yardstick competition in the recycling of waste. Evidence from Italian provinces

    Massimiliano Ferraresi, Massimiliano Mazzanti, Matteo Mazzarano, Leonzio Rizzo, Riccardo Secomandi

    Recycling and the recovery of waste are crucial waste management strategies. In light of the new EU circular economy approach, these strategies remain core pillars of a competitive and sustainable waste value chain. Local governments have an important role in controlling and checking the implementation of waste management policies. We...

    IEB Report 2/2020: The Rise of New Political Parties in Western Democracies

    The Rise of New Political Parties in Western Democracies

    The Barcelona Institute of Economics (IEB) devotes the second IEB Report of 2020, coordinated by researcher and professor Matteo Gamalerio, to address the causes of the political fragmentation that Europe has experienced in the last decade with the emergence of new parties and the rise of populism. The focus is...

    2020/02: Betrayed by the elites: how corruption amplifies the political effects of recessions

    Carlos Sanz, Albert Solé-Ollé, Pilar Sorribas-Navarro

    We investigate whether corruption amplifies the political effects of economic crises. Using Spanish municipal-level data and a difference-in-difference strategy, we find that local unemployment shocks experienced during the Great Recession (2008-2015) increased political fragmentation. This effect was four times larger in municipalities exposed to malfeasance than in municipalities without a...

    2020/01: Does the winner take it all? Redistributive policies and political extremism

    Gianmarco Daniele, Amedeo Piolatto, Willem Sas

    We show that regional heterogeneity of underlying fundamentals (e.g. economic history, geography, natural resources, social capital) can lead to extreme voting in federations. When the outcome of federal policies { such as transfer schemes, market regulation, migration targets { depends on these fundamentals, the set of regions that benefits or...