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The Persistence of the Asset Effect during French Presidential Elections

Abstract : In a seminal and innovative book, Jacques Capdevielle and his colleagues suggested some thirty years ago the existence of an “asset effect” to help explain electoral behavior in France. Despite the significance of this finding, the issue has received little subsequent attention. The measurement of wealth has been given less and less space in French election surveys, particularly during the 2007 presidential elections. We show in this paper that the “asset effect” is still relevant today for explaining voting behavior in France. By proposing a general model based on the idea of risk aversion, we show to what extent risky assets are a powerful predictor of right-wing voting in France over the 1988-2007 period. This finding demonstrates the value of reviving this innovative concept from French political science.
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Martial Foucault, Richard Nadeau, Michael S. Lewis-Beck. The Persistence of the Asset Effect during French Presidential Elections. Revue Française de Science Politique (english - édition anglaise), Sciences Po University Press 2011, 61 (4), pp.659 - 680. ⟨hal-01878836⟩



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