ARENA Tuesday Seminar: Theresa Kuhn

At the ARENA Tuesday Seminar on 20 October 2015, Dr. Theresa Kuhn from the Unversity of Amsterdam gave the presentation 'Putting your money where your mouth is: How cosmopolitanism promotes willingness to redistribute transnationally'.

Theresa Kuhn has co-authored the paper with Hector Solaz and Erika van Elsas.


The political turf wars surrounding the European sovereign debt crisis have underlined both the high political relevance and the fragile state of transnational solidarity in the European Union. This paper combines evidence from an original laboratory experiment conducted in the United Kingdom and Germany and from cross-national survey data covering the EU-28 to study transnational solidarity among European citizens. More precisely, we analyse the determinants of individuals’ actual willingness to share across borders and public support for institutional redistribution. Our analyses provide strong support for the hypothesis that transnational solidarity in the EU is structured by cosmopolitan vs nationalist attitudes: Experimental participants who subscribe to cosmopolitan values put their money where their mouth is when deciding whether to share resources with other Europeans. They do not discriminate between national and European recipients, while people with less cosmopolitan worldviews do so. Our paper has important implications for the political economy of the European sovereign debt crisis and for research on support for foreign aid. 

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Please note that this paper is work in progress and thus has limited distribution, please contact us if you would like access. Do not cite without permission from the author.

Published Sep. 10, 2015 9:15 AM - Last modified Apr. 27, 2018 3:48 PM