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Towards the greater good? Eu commissioners’ nationality and budget allocation in the European Union


Gehring, Kai; Schneider, Stephan A (2018). Towards the greater good? Eu commissioners’ nationality and budget allocation in the European Union. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 10(1):214-239.

Abstract

We demonstrate that the nationalities of EU Commissioners influence budget allocation decisions in favor of their country of origin. Our focus is on the Commissioners for Agriculture, who are exclusively responsible for a specific fund that accounts for the largest share of the overall EU budget. On average, providing the Commissioner causes a 1 percentage point increase in a country's share of the overall EU budget, which corresponds to 850 million euros per year. There are no different pretreatment trends and the magnitude of the bias from selection-on-unobservables would have to be implausibly high to account for the estimated coefficient.

Abstract

We demonstrate that the nationalities of EU Commissioners influence budget allocation decisions in favor of their country of origin. Our focus is on the Commissioners for Agriculture, who are exclusively responsible for a specific fund that accounts for the largest share of the overall EU budget. On average, providing the Commissioner causes a 1 percentage point increase in a country's share of the overall EU budget, which corresponds to 850 million euros per year. There are no different pretreatment trends and the magnitude of the bias from selection-on-unobservables would have to be implausibly high to account for the estimated coefficient.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:D72 Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior, , F55 International Institutional Arrangements, , H61 National Budget, Budget Systems, , H77 Intergovernmental Relations, Federalism, Secession
Language:English
Date:February 2018
Deposited On:24 Apr 2018 10:44
Last Modified:24 Sep 2019 23:27
Publisher:American Economic Association
ISSN:1945-774X
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1257/pol.20160038

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