Experimental economics, Voting for redistribution, Taxation
We conduct an experiment to determine how the correspondence between economic rewards and effort, as opposed to luck, affects subjects' ex post voting over redistribution. We find that a large, statistically significant proportion of both high- and low-payoff voters are willing to vote contrary to their self-interest in favor of groups that exert proportionately more effort. We confirm these results in an additional, distinct sample. We also show that when subjects' own effort is greater than the group's average effort level, they exhibit greater self interest in voting for redistribution compared to subjects whose effort is below average. Our results have implications for both understanding individual redistributive preferences and group voting behavior.
Original Publication Citation
“Effort, luck, and voting for redistribution” (with Lars Lefgren and David Sims). Journal of Public Economics, 143, 89-97, 2016.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Lefgren, Lars J.; Sims, David P.; and Stoddard, Olga B., "Effort, luck, and voting for redistribution" (2016). Faculty Publications. 5800.
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