DP6354 Risk, Government and Globalization: International Survey Evidence
|Author(s):||Anna Maria Mayda, Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke, Richard Sinnott|
|Publication Date:||June 2007|
|Keyword(s):||risk, trade attitudes|
|Programme Areas:||International Trade and Regional Economics|
|Link to this Page:||www.cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=6354|
This paper uses international survey data to document two stylized facts. First, risk aversion is associated with anti-trade attitudes. Second, this effect is smaller in countries with greater levels of government expenditure. The paper thus provides evidence for the microeconomic underpinnings of the argument associated with Ruggie (1982), Rodrik (1998) and others that government spending can bolster support for globalization by reducing the risk associated with it in the minds of voters.