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Project Citation: 

Gehring, Kai, and Schneider, Stephan A. Replication data for: Towards the Greater Good? EU Commissioners’ Nationality and Budget Allocation in the European Union. Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2018. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2019-10-13.

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary 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.

Scope of Project

Subject Terms:  View help for Subject Terms European Union; fiscal transfers; federalism; redistribution; favoritism
JEL Classification:  View help for JEL Classification
      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
Geographic Coverage:  View help for Geographic Coverage European Union
Time Period(s):  View help for Time Period(s)
Universe:  View help for Universe See paper for details
Data Type(s):  View help for Data Type(s) event/transaction data; observational data; program source code; aggregate data
Collection Notes:  View help for Collection Notes See paper for details


Data Source:  View help for Data Source See paper for details
Unit(s) of Observation:  View help for Unit(s) of Observation Member state,

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