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Voting experiments: Bandwagon voting or false-consensus effect?

Ivo Bischoff () and Henrik Egbert

No 200825, MAGKS Papers on Economics from Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung)

Abstract: In an experiment designed to test for expressive voting, Tyran (JPubEc 2004) found a strong positive correlation between the participants’ approval for a proposal to donate money for charity and their expected approval rate for fellow voters. This phenomenon can be due to bandwagon voting or a false consensus effect. The social science literature reports both effects for voting decisions. Replicating Tyran’s experiment and adding new treatments, we provide evidence for a false consensus effect but find no support for bandwagon voting.

Keywords: voting; experiments; bandwagon voting; false consensus effect (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C90 D72 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26 pages
Date: 2008
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