Keywords

Experimental economics, Voting for redistribution, Taxation

Abstract

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.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2016

Publisher

Elsevier B.V.

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Economics

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

Included in

Economics Commons

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