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

Demel, Simona and Barr, Abigail and Miller, Luis and Ubeda, Paloma (2018) Commitment to political ideology is a luxury only students can afford: a distributive justice experiment. Journal of Experimental Political Science . ISSN 2052-2630

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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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © Cambridge University Press 2018
Keywords: Economic status; Lab-in-the-field experiments; Left-right scale; Redistribution
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1017/XPS.2018.14
Depositing User: Barr, Abigail
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2018 09:38
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2018 04:32
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/51118

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