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Generosity and Political Preferences

  • 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

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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Paper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 941.

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Length: 46 pages
Date of creation: 21 Nov 2012
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0941
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  1. David, Cesarini & Dawes, Christopher T. & Johannesson, Magnus & Lichtenstein, Paul & Wallace, Björn, 2007. "Genetic Variation in Preferences for Giving and Risk-Taking," SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance 679, Stockholm School of Economics, revised 12 Jan 2009.
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