Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/128911
Authors: 
Pitlik, Hans
Schwarz, Gerhard
Bechter, Barbara
Brandl, Bernd
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
WIFO Working Papers 373
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 measuring selfishness indirectly by using more or less "objective indicators" for self-interest, 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 ideology appears to determine whether people feel affected by a proposed policy measure.
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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