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Voting experiments: Bandwagon voting or false-consensus effect?

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  • Ivo Bischoff

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    (Justus-Liebig-University Gießen)

  • Henrik Egbert

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    (Justus-Liebig-University Gießen)

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.

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Paper provided by Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung) in its series MAGKS Papers on Economics with number 200825.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:mar:magkse:200825

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Keywords: voting; experiments; bandwagon voting; false consensus effect;

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  1. Ivo Bischoff & Henrik Egbert, 2010. "Social information and bandwagon behaviour in voting: an economic experiment," MAGKS Papers on Economics 201005, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).

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