Xiaohuan Lan and Ben G. Li : The Economics of Nationalism

  • 发布时间:2015年05月05日浏览次数:2365

American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 2015, 7(2): 294–325

The Economics of Nationalism 

By Xiaohuan Lan 

China Center for Economic Studies, and Research Institute of Chinese Economy, Fudan University

Ben G. Li

Department of Economics, Boston College

This paper provides an economic framework for examining how economic openness affects nationalism. Within a country, a region’s level of nationalism varies according to its economic interests in its domestic market relative to its foreign market. All else being equal, increasing a region’s foreign trade reduces its economic interests in its domestic market and thus weakens its nationalismThis prediction holds both cross-sectionally and over time, as evidenced by our empirical study using the Chinese Political Compass data and the World Value Surveys. Our framework also applies to analysis of nationalism across countries and receives support from cross-country data.

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