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QoG lunch seminar with Lyle Scruggs

Research profile seminar

The QoG Institute regularly organizes seminars related to research on Quality of Government. The seminars address the theoretical and empirical problem of how political institutions of high quality can be created and maintained as well as the effects of Quality of Government on a number of policy areas, such as health, the environment, social policy, and poverty.

Speakers are invited from the international research community and experts from NGOs and other organizations to the lunch seminars. The seminars last for one hour and include a short presentation by the speaker (30-35 min) followed by a joint discussion about the topic.

If nothing else is indicated, the seminars are held in English

Title of seminar:
"The Influence of Inequality on Welfare Generosity: Evidence from the US States"

This article examines the relationship between income concentration and policy outputs that determine the generosity of two major state-level safety net programs: unemployment insurance and cash social assistance. Using a difference in differences
framework, it tests the degree to which the top 1 percent share is associated with benefit replacement rates for these programs during the period 1978-2010. The results suggest that higher state income inequality lowers those states' welfare
benefits significantly in ways consistent with a "plutocracy" hypothesis that has been suggested in work by scholars such as Bartels, Bonica, Gilens, and Page. The results are robust to controls for several alternative explanations for benefit generosity, including citizen ideology, party control of government, fiscal pressure on programs, state racial heterogeneity, and public opinion liberalism. The results thus support the notion that growing income concentration at the very top undermines social
protection policies.

Lecturer: Lyle Scruggs (visiting scholar 29 May-2 June) Dept. of Political Science, University of Connecticut http://polisci.uconn.edu/person/lyle-scruggs/

Date: 5/31/2017

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Categories: Social Sciences

Organizer: The Quality of Government Institute

Location: Stora Skansen (B336) Sprängkullsgatan 19

Contact person: Alice Johansson

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