Anyone for Higher Speed Limits? - Self-Interested and Adaptive Political Preferences
AbstractSwedish survey-evidence indicates that variables reflecting self-interest are important in explaining people’s preferred speed limits, and that political preferences adapt to technological development. Drivers of cars that are newer (and hence safer), bigger, and with better high-speed characteristics, prefer higher speed limits, as do those who believe they drive better than average, whereas elderly people prefer lower limits. Furthermore, people report that they themselves vote more sociotropically than they believe others to vote, on average. Self-serving biases are proposed as a bridge between subjectively perceived expressive and sociotropic voting behavior, versus objectively self-interested voting behavior.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 95.
Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: 28 Mar 2003
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Publication status: Published as Johansson-Stenman, Olof and Peter Martinsson, 'Anyone for Higher Speed Limits? - Self-Interested and Adaptive Political Preferences' in Public Choice, 2005, pages 319-331.
Note: Publised in Public Choice, 2005, Vol. 122, pp. 319-331.
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Speed limits; self-interested voting; expressive voting; sociotropic voting; selfserving bias; adaptive political preferences;
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- Olof Johansson-Stenman & Peter Martinsson, 2005. "Anyone for higher speed limits? – Self-interested and adaptive political preferences," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 122(3), pages 319-331, March.
- D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General
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