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What Sort of People Vote Expressively?

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  • Alvin Etang

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    (Department of Economics, Yale University)

  • David Fielding

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    (Department of Economics, University of Otago)

  • Stephen Knowles

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    (Department of Economics, University of Otago)

Abstract

Using a survey and an experiment, we identify the personal characteristics associated with the difference between an individual's giving to charity and her vote in a referendum on charitable giving. Under certain circumstances, high levels of self-reported trust and happiness, and participation in social group activities, are associated with expressive voting for high levels of charitable giving. However, the sequencing of the experiments is of crucial importance. The 'warm glow' of expressive voting can influence subsequent individual decisions, and the 'cold shower' of individual selfishness can influence subsequent collective decisions.

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Paper provided by University of Otago, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1101.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2011
Date of revision: Feb 2011
Handle: RePEc:otg:wpaper:1101

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