Dependency Status and Demand for Social Insurance: Evidence from Experiments and Surveys

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Authors John S. Ahlquist, John R. Hamman, Bradley M. Jones
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Paper Abstract Current thinking on the origins and size of the welfare state often ignores household relations in which people may depend on others for income or have dependents themselves. The influence of “dependency status” on individuals’ political preferences is unknown. We report results from a laboratory experiment designed to estimate the effect of dependency on preferences for policies that insure against labor market risk. Results indicate that 1) willingness to vote in favor of a social insurance policy is highly responsive to unemployment risk, 2) symmetric, mutual dependence is unrelated to support for insurance, but 3) asymmetric dependence (being dependent on someone else) increases support for social insurance. We connect our lab results to observational survey data and find similar relationships. For over a decade now our thinking on the political economy of the welfare state has focused on labor market risks and social insurance policy (Hall and Soskice, 2001; Iversen and Soskice, 2001; Moene and Wallerstein, 2001, 2003). Citizens’ preferences over various social insurance policies (unemployment, disability, retirement, etc.) are held to be a function of the ∗John Ahlquist is Associate Professor in the School of Global Policy & Strategy, UC San Diego; research associate in political economy, United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. 9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0519, La Jolla, CA 92093-0519 USA ( John Hamman is Assistant Professor of Economics at Florida State University. 113 Collegiate Loop Tallahassee, FL 32306-2180 ( Bradley M. Jones is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 1050 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI 53706 USA ( Versions of this paper were presented at the Centre for Experimental Social Sciences, Nuffield College, Oxford; Duke University; the University of Pennsylvania; the Experimental Politics Workshop at the University of Wisconsin; the 2013 meetings of the Economic Sciences Association and the 2013 and 2014 meetings of the Midwest Political Science Association. We acknowledge help from Patrick Hurley and Brian Mayhew. Pablo Beramendi, Lucy Goodhart, Guy Grossman, John Patty, Jonathan Renshon, David Rueda, Dustin Tingley, and Jonathan Woon offered useful comments. Research support provided by the University of Wisconsin Fall Competition award 130485 (John Ahlquist, PI)
Date of publication 2017
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