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Do Liberals Play Nice? The Effects of Party and Political Ideology in Public Goods and Trust Games

We test the conventional wisdom that political ideology is associated with generosity or compassion by comparing the behavior of experimental subjects in public goods or trust games. We find that self-described liberals and those identifying more closely with the Democrat party are just as likely to free-ride as conservatives or Republican-leaners; likewise, political ideology is unrelated to observed trusting behavior or trustworthiness in a bilateral trust game.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Missouri in its series Working Papers with number 0417.

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Length: 30 pgs.
Date of creation: 27 Dec 2004
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Publication status: published as chapter in Advances in Applied Microeconomics: Experimental and Behavioral Economics. John Morgan, Editor. (JAI Press: Stamford, Connecticut)
Handle: RePEc:umc:wpaper:0417
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