2017

The Right Look: Conservative Politicians Look Better and Voters Reward It

Särtryck nr 2017:3

Författare: Niclas Berggren, Henrik Jordahl och Panu PoutvaaraÅr: 2017 Publikation: Journal of Public Economics Årgång (nr): 146 (February) Sidor: 79–86
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The Right Look: Conservative Politicians Look Better and Voters Reward It Niclas Berggren, Henrik Jordahl och Panu Poutvaara


Since good-looking politicians win more votes, a beauty advantage for politicians on the left or on the right is bound to have political consequences. We show that politicians on the right look more beautiful in Europe, the United States and Australia. Our explanation is that beautiful people earn more, which makes them less inclined to support redistribution. Our model of within-party competition predicts that voters use beauty as a cue for conservatism when they do not know much about candidates and that politicians on the right benefit more from beauty in low-information elections. Evidence from real and experimental elections confirms both predictions.


Referens:
Berggren, Niclas, Henrik Jordahl och Panu Poutvaara (2017), "The Right Look: Conservative Politicians Look Better and Voters Reward It". Journal of Public Economics 146(February), 79–86.

Niclas Berggren

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