Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/181339
Authors: 
Laméris, Maite D.
Jong-A-Pin, Richard
Wiese, Rasmus
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper No. 7139
Abstract: 
We examine the predictive validity of survey-measured left-right political ideology by testing whether this measure is able to explain observed choices regarding equality versus efficiency. We study this in a real-effort distribution experiment, in which decision-makers allocate money equally or efficiently. We distinguish between decision-makers that receive ‘manna-from-heaven’ and decision-makers that have earned the money to be distributed in a real effort task. We find that, conditional on entitlement concerns, self-reported right-wing ideology significantly predicts preferences for efficiency. Reported left-wing ideology does not have predictive value in explaining preferences for equality.
Subjects: 
political ideology
survey measurement
predictive validity
distribution experiment
real effort
JEL: 
C91
D31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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