Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89718
Authors: 
Gerber, Anke
Nicklisch, Andreas
Voigt, Stefan
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 4423
Abstract: 
We provide experimental evidence on the emergence of redistributive societies. Individuals first vote on redistribution by feet and then learn their productivity and invest. We vary the individuals' information about their productivities at the time when they choose a distribution rule and find that there is more redistribution behind a veil of ignorance than under full information. However, the scope of redistribution is less sensitive towards the degree of uncertainty than predicted. For all degrees of uncertainty, we find a coexistence of libertarianism and redistribution as well as incomplete sorting, so that heterogeneous redistribution communities turn out to be sustainable.
Subjects: 
constitutional choice
experimental economics
redistribution
veil of ignorance
voting by feet
JEL: 
C91
D02
D63
H24
K00
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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