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Referenda Under Oath

Nicolas Jacquemet (), Alexander James, Stéphane Luchini () and Jason Shogren ()
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Stéphane Luchini: GREQAM - Groupement de Recherche en Économie Quantitative d'Aix-Marseille - ECM - École Centrale de Marseille - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - AMU - Aix Marseille Université

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Abstract: Herein we explore whether a solemn oath can eliminate hypothetical bias in a voting referenda, a popular elicitation mechanism promoted in non-market valuation exercises for its incentive compatibility properties. First, we reject the null hypothesis that a hypothetical bias does not exist. Second, we observe that people who sign an oath are significantly less likely to vote for the public good in a hypothetical referenda. We complement this evidence with a self-reported measure of honesty which confirms that the oath increases truthfulness in answers. This result opens interesting avenues for improving the elicitation of preferences in the lab and beyond.

Keywords: Hypothetical bias; Oath; Dichotomous Choice Mechanism; Preference revelation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-07
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Published in Environmental and Resource Economics, Springer, 2017, 67 (3), pp.479-504. ⟨10.1007/s10640-016-0023-5⟩

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