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Rain, Emotions and Voting for the Status Quo
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 4522268
Author(s) Meier, Armando N.; Schmid, Lukas; Stutzer, Alois
Author(s) at UniBasel Stutzer, Alois
Meier, Armando Nicolas
Year 2019
Title Rain, Emotions and Voting for the Status Quo
Journal European Economic Review
Volume 119
Number C
Pages / Article-Number 434-451
Abstract Do emotions affect the decision between change and the status quo? We exploit exogenous variation in emotions caused by rain and analyze data on more than 870,000 municipal vote outcomes in Switzerland to address this question. The empirical tests are based on administrative ballot outcomes and individual postvote survey data. We find that rain decreases the share of votes for political change. Our robustness checks suggest that this finding is not driven by changes in the composition of the electorate and changes in information acquisition. In addition, we provide evidence that rain might have altered the outcome of several high-stake votes. We discuss the psychological mechanism and document that rain reduces the willingness to take risks, a pattern that is consistent with the observed reduction in the support for change.
Publisher Elsevier
ISSN/ISBN 0014-2921 ; 1873-572X
Full Text on edoc No
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2019.07.014
ISI-Number WOS:000491620000023
Document type (ISI) Article

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