We present two new databases we have constructed to explore the electoral consequences of structural economic policy reforms. One database measures reforms in domestic finance, external finance, trade, product, and labor markets covering 90 advanced and developing economies from 1973 to 2014. The other chronicles the timing and results of national elections. We find that liberalizing reforms are associated with economic benefits that accrue only gradually over time. Because of this delay, liberalizing reforms are costly to democratic incumbents when they are implemented close to elections. Electoral outcomes also depend on the state of the economy: Reforms are penalized during contractions but are often rewarded in expansions.

Alesina, A., Furceri, D., Ostry, J.D., Papageorgiou, C., Quinn, D.P. (2023). Structural Reforms and Elections: Evidence from a World-Wide New Dataset. JOURNAL OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION [10.1093/jeea/jvad075].

Structural Reforms and Elections: Evidence from a World-Wide New Dataset

Furceri, Davide;
2023-01-01

Abstract

We present two new databases we have constructed to explore the electoral consequences of structural economic policy reforms. One database measures reforms in domestic finance, external finance, trade, product, and labor markets covering 90 advanced and developing economies from 1973 to 2014. The other chronicles the timing and results of national elections. We find that liberalizing reforms are associated with economic benefits that accrue only gradually over time. Because of this delay, liberalizing reforms are costly to democratic incumbents when they are implemented close to elections. Electoral outcomes also depend on the state of the economy: Reforms are penalized during contractions but are often rewarded in expansions.
2023
Alesina, A., Furceri, D., Ostry, J.D., Papageorgiou, C., Quinn, D.P. (2023). Structural Reforms and Elections: Evidence from a World-Wide New Dataset. JOURNAL OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION [10.1093/jeea/jvad075].
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