Violence, corruption and the redistributive preferences of business interests: Evidence from Mexico

Abstract:

Although scholars typically viewed business interests as uniformly opposed to progressive taxation and social spending (Esping-Andersen 1985), researchers in recent decades have increasingly documented systematic variation in business attitudes on social policy (Hall and Soskice 2001, Swenson 2002, Mares 2003, Paster 2013). We use evidence from a survey experiment of firm managers and capital investors to understand how two prominent facets of politics in the developing world (corruption and violence) may be influencing business attitudes toward taxation and social spending. Data will be collected from a convenience sample of members of one of Mexico's largest business association. The association has over 14,000 member companies, employs 4.8 million workers, and is responsible for roughly 30% of the country's GDP.

Last updated on 08/12/2019