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Generosity and Political Preferences

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  • Dawes, Christopher T.

    (Department of Politics)

  • Johannesson, Magnus

    (Stockholm School of Economics)

  • Lindqvist, Erik

    () (Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN))

  • Loewen, Peter

    (Department of Political Science)

  • Östling, Robert

    (Institute for International Economic Studies)

  • Bonde, Marianne
  • Priks, Frida

Abstract

We test whether generosity is related to political preferences and partisanship in Canada, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States using incentivized dictator games. The total sample consists of more than 5,000 respondents. We document that support for social spending and redistribution is positively correlated with generosity in all four countries. Further, we show that donors are more generous towards co-partisans in all countries, and that this effect is stronger among supporters of left-wing political parties. All results are robust to the inclusion to an extensive set of control variables, including income and education.

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  • Dawes, Christopher T. & Johannesson, Magnus & Lindqvist, Erik & Loewen, Peter & Östling, Robert & Bonde, Marianne & Priks, Frida, 2012. "Generosity and Political Preferences," Working Paper Series 941, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0941
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    Keywords

    Generosity; Altruism; Political Preferences; Size of Government; Public Goods; Dictator Game; Ingroup Effect; Political Partisanship;

    JEL classification:

    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General

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