Cash transfers and government approval ratings: The case of Fiji after Tropical cyclone Winston

Citation:

Ríos V, Ivaschenko O, Doyle J. Cash transfers and government approval ratings: The case of Fiji after Tropical cyclone Winston. Studies in Comparative International Development. Working Paper.

Abstract:

This paper explores the political economy of policy design by evaluating how di
verse types of government transfers may affect these assessments in post-emergency
contexts. Relying on a regression discontinuity design, with data collected from
700 Fijian households affected by tropical cyclone Winston in 2016, we identify that
providing cash transfers increases government approval ratings by up to 20 per
centage points (pp). Controlling for socioeconomic factors, emergency severity, and
magnitude of the transfers, we found heterogeneous effects for providing additional
benefits in the form of in-kind (+8 pp), vouchers (+23 pp), and pension savings (-2
pp).

 

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