Widening political inequality in japan during the “lost two-decades”: a puzzle related to the “bigger welfare service vs. smaller tax” question
19 June 2018, h. 13.00
Speaker: Yoshitaka Nishizawa (Doshisha University, Japan)
Discussant: Marco Maraffi (University of Milan)
SPS Seminar Room (Room 215, II floor, via Passione side)
Dipartimento di Scienze sociali e politiche
Via Conservatorio 7, Milano
During the “Lost Two-Decades,” the low income voters in Japan appeared to vote for the conservative party. This is a puzzle because a rational voting model predicts that the low income voters would vote for liberal parties that tend to support for income redistribution. A multi-variate analysis of the pooled Japan Election Study survey data sets revealed that the puzzle was superficial: The “welfare vs. tax cut” question has not been an issue at the elections, while the low income voters tend to vote for the liberal parties, and there has been no systematic relationship between the objective well-being of the voters (ie. their income level) and the “welfare vs. tax cut” question.