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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

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Authors

Simona Demel

ABIGAIL BARR Abigail.Barr@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Economics

Luis Miller

Paloma Ubeda



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
Acceptance Date Mar 31, 2018
Online Publication Date May 21, 2018
Publication Date 2019-03
Deposit Date Apr 13, 2018
Publicly Available Date May 21, 2018
Journal Journal of Experimental Political Science
Print ISSN 2052-2630
Electronic ISSN 2052-2630
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 1
Pages 33-42
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/XPS.2018.14
Keywords Economic status; Lab-in-the-field experiments; Left-right scale; Redistribution
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/933435
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
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