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Wasted years

Exposure to democracy and MEPs attitude towards EU integration

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12 June 2023

17:00 - 18:30 CEST


Sala Triaria

Villa Schifanoia

Join Matilde Ceron, Andrea Fazio and Francesco Scervini as they present their recent research in the Political Economy Working Group Seminar Series.
Matilde Ceron and her co-authors will present their research on the analysis of the effect of exposure to democracy during adolescence and early adulthood on the pro-EU attitude of the members of the European Parliament. Relying on the psychological theory of ‘impressionable years’, we test whether members exposed to less democratic regimes at the age of 18-25 have a higher probability of voting against pro-EU instances in the roll-call-voting of the first six legislatures,from 1979 to 2009. Their results suggest that exposure to democracy increases the probability of voting in favor of pro-EU policies by about 6%-16%, depending on the legislature. The authors find that the effect is stronger in votes with a significant cleavage on EU instances, while it is irrelevant in votes not involving EU instances. The paper's results take into account heterogeneity in political groups, country of election, year of birth, and legislature and resist several robustness checks.
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