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Disincentives from Redistribution: Evidence on a Dividend of Democracy

Jean-Robert Tyran, Rupert Sausgruber and Axel Sonntag

No 13773, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: We experimentally study the disincentive effect of taxing work and redistributing tax revenues when redistribution is imposed vs. democratically chosen in a vote. We find a “dividend of democracy†in the sense that the disincentive effect is substantially smaller when redistribution is chosen in a vote than when it is imposed. Redistribution seems to be more legitimate, and hence less demotivating, when accepted in a vote.

Keywords: Redistribution; Disincentive effect; Voting; Legitimacy; Real effort task; Lab experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C92 D31 D72 H23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-06
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-exp and nep-pol
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