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Social preferences and political attitudes: An online experiment on a large heterogeneous sample

Rudolf Kerschbamer () and Daniel Müller

Journal of Public Economics, 2020, vol. 182, issue C

Abstract: This paper investigates in a large and heterogeneous sample the relationship between social preferences and political attitudes. Social preferences relate to political attitudes in a particular way: Selfish subjects are the extremists on the one side of the political spectrum – they are more likely to vote for a right-wing party, less inclined to favor redistribution, less likely to hold favorable views towards immigration and more likely to consider themselves right-wing than all other types. Inequality-averse, altruistic and maximin subjects, all characterized by benevolence in the domain of advantageous inequality, sit at the opposite end of the spectrum. Overall, our evidence indicates that political outcomes in various domains such as taxation, social security, the pension system or immigration cannot be fully understood without taking distributional preferences into account.

Keywords: Distributional references; Social preferences; Equality Equivalence Test; Political attitudes; Voting behavior; Preferences for redistribution; Support for immigration; German Internet Panel (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 D30 D63 D64 D72 H50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2019.104076

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