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Political Polarization and the Size of Government

Reprint No. 2010:36

Author(s): Erik Lindqvist and Robert ÖstlingYear: 2010 Title: American Political Science Review Volume (No.): 104 (3) Pages: 543–565
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In this article, we study the relationship between political polarization and public spending using the dispersion of self-reported political preferences as our measure of polarization. Political polarization is strongly associated with smaller government in democratic countries, but there is no relationship between polarization and the size of government in undemocratic countries. The results are robust to a large set of control variables, including gross domestic product per capita and income inequality.


Reference:
Lindqvist, Erik and Robert Östling (2010), "Political Polarization and the Size of Government". American Political Science Review 104(3), 543–565.

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Integrating Immigrants into the Nordic Labour Markets

An Overall Perspective

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Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden face similar problems of integrating large groups of immigrants, especially low-educated ones from outside the EU, into their labour markets. In this volume, edited by Lars Calmfors, IFN, and Nora Sánchez Gassen in cooperation with researchers from across the Nordic Region analyse how labour market integration of immigrants can be promoted. 

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