Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/181024
Authors: 
Friedrichsen, Jana
König, Tobias
Schmacker, Renke
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
WZB Discussion Paper SP II 2016-208r
Abstract: 
Using a laboratory experiment, we present first evidence that social image concerns causally reduce the take-up of an individually beneficial transfer. Our design manipulates the informativeness of the take-up decision by varying whether transfer eligibility is based on ability or luck, and how the transfer is financed. We find that subjects avoid the inference both of being low-skilled (ability stigma) and of being willing to live of others (free-rider stigma). Using a placebo treatment, we exclude other explanations for the observed stigma effects. Although stigma reduces take-up, elicitation of political preferences reveals that only a minority of "taxpayers" vote for the public transfer.
Subjects: 
stigma
signaling
redistribution
non take-up
welfare program
JEL: 
C91
D03
H31
I38
Document Type: 
Working Paper
Social Media Mentions:

Files in This Item:
File
Size
681.58 kB





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.