Public Ignorance and Estate Tax Repeal: The Effect of Partisan Differences and Survey Incentives
AbstractWe re-examine whether the broad support for repeal of the estate tax is a result of citizen ignorance. We find that increasing information about the estate tax or politics in general has very different effects on Republicans and Democrats. While high and low-information Republicans support estate tax repeal, Democratic support is higher among those who know less. However, most highly-informed people in both parties support repeal. We also show that standard surveys overestimate the extent of misinformation about the estate tax. Therefore, “ignorance” is not a compelling explanation of why so many people support estate tax repeal.
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Date of creation: 2006
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estate tax; voter competence; survey research; experimental economics; public policy;
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