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Friday, July 25, 2014

Pablo Torija : "Do Politicians Serve the One Percent?"

openaccess.city.ac.uk/2114/1/CITYPERC-WPS-2013_04.pdf



Abstract 
Present social movements, as “Occupy Wall Street” or the Spanish “Indignados”, claim that politicians work for an economic elite, the 1%, that drives the world economic policies. In this paper we show through econometric analysis that these movements are accurate: politicians in OECD countries maximize the happiness of the economic elite. In 2009 center-right parties maximized the happiness of the 100th-98th richest percentile and center-left parties the 100th-95th richest percentile. The situation has evolved from the seventies when politicians represented, approximately, the median voter. 

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