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Competence versus Honesty: What Do Voters Care About?

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  • Fabio Galeotti

    (GATE Lyon Saint-Étienne - Groupe d'analyse et de théorie économique - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - UCBL - Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 - UL2 - Université Lumière - Lyon 2 - Université Jean Monnet - Saint-Etienne - Université de Lyon - ENS Lyon - École normale supérieure - Lyon)

  • Daniel John Zizzo

    (University of Newcastle, UK)

We set up an experiment to measure voter preferences trade-offs between competence and honesty. We measure the competence and honesty of candidates by asking them to work on a real effort task and decide whether to report truthfully or not the value of their work. In the first stage, the earnings are the result of the competence and honesty of one randomly selected participant. In the second stage, subjects can select who will determine their earnings based on the fi rst stage's competence and honesty of the alternative candidates. We find that most voters tend to have a bias towards caring about honesty even when this results in lower payoffs.

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Date of creation: 07 Jul 2016
Publication status: Published in 2016 ESA World Meeting, Jérusalem, 7-11 juillet 2016, Jul 2016, Jérusalem, Israel. 2016
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-01418301
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