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Commitment to political ideology is a luxury only students can afford: a distributive justice experiment

Demel, Simona; Barr, Abigail; Miller, Luis; Ubeda, Paloma

Authors

Simona Demel S.Demel@qub.ac.uk

Luis Miller Luismiguel.miller@ehu.es

Paloma Ubeda 'PALOMA UBEDA MOLLA'paloma.ubeda@cee.uned.es



Abstract

Using a political-frame-free, lab-in-the-field experiment, we investigate the associations between employment status, self-reported political ideology, and preferences for redistribution. The experiment consists of a real-effort task, followed by a four-player dictator game. In one treatment, dictator game initial endowments depend on participants’ performance in the real-effort task, i.e., they are earned, in the other, they are randomly determined. We find that being employed or unemployed is associated with revealed redistributive preferences, while the political ideology of the employed and unemployed is not. In contrast, the revealed redistributive preferences of students are strongly associated with their political ideologies. The employed and right-leaning students redistribute earnings less than windfalls, the unemployed and left-leaning students make no such distinction.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2019-03
Journal Journal of Experimental Political Science
Print ISSN 2052-2630
Electronic ISSN 2052-2630
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 1
Pages 33-42
APA6 Citation Demel, S., Barr, A., Miller, L., & Ubeda, P. (2019). Commitment to political ideology is a luxury only students can afford: a distributive justice experiment. Journal of Experimental Political Science, 6(1), 33-42. doi:10.1017/XPS.2018.14
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/XPS.2018.14
Keywords Economic status; Lab-in-the-field experiments; Left-right scale; Redistribution
Publisher URL https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-experimental-political-science/article/commitment-to-political-ideology-is-a-luxury-only-students-can-afford-a-distributive-justice-experiment/7BFBD0DB67852EB6949A0D5812A66664
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0
Additional Information © Cambridge University Press 2018

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