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Title:Near Is My Shirt, But Nearer Is My Skin: Ideology or Self-Interest as Determinants of Public Opinion on Fiscal Policy Issues PDF Logo
Authors:Schwarz, Gerhard
Pitlik, Hans
Brandl, Bernd
Bechter, Barbara
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Beiträge zur Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2010: Ökonomie der Familie - Session: Public Economics: How do individuals vote and behave? E18-V1
Abstract:Several empirical studies derive that personal positions with respect to policy measures are dominated by ideology instead of narrow self-interest. In the present field study we carried out a telephone survey with 1.003 respondents all over Austria. Instead of only measuring self-interest indirectly, we requested respondents to assess directly whether they expect to be affected by policy measures. Our results indicate that such a subjectively measured narrow self-interest explains attitudes towards economic policies at least as good as ideological conviction. In some cases, however, ideology appears to determine whether people feel affected by a proposed policy measure.
Subjects:public opinion
sociotropic voting
ideology
self-interest
telephone surveys
JEL:D72
D83
D84
Document Type:Conference Paper
Appears in Collections:Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2010: Ökonomie der Familie

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