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Just Don't Call It Tax! Framing in an Experiment on Voting and Redistribution

14 Pages Posted: 28 May 2015 Last revised: 30 Jul 2015

Jan Lorenz

Jacobs University Bremen

Fabian Paetzel

University of the German Federal Armed Forces - Helmut Schmidt Universität; DFG Research Group 2104

Markus S. Tepe

University of Oldenburg

Date Written: July 29, 2015

Abstract

Utilizing a simplified version of the Meltzer-Richard redistribution mechanism we designed a laboratory experiment to test whether it matters if voters were asked to decide on a tax rate or minimum income, leaving the redistribution mechanism itself unchanged. Framing the vote about redistribution as a decision about a minimal income increases the ideally preferred level of redistribution. This effect outlives the groups' deliberation process and leads to the implementation of a higher level of redistribution.

Keywords: redistribution, voting, framing, laboratory experiment, minimal income, taxation

JEL Classification: C91, C92, D72

Suggested Citation

Lorenz, Jan and Paetzel, Fabian and Tepe, Markus S., Just Don't Call It Tax! Framing in an Experiment on Voting and Redistribution (July 29, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2611534 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2611534

Jan Lorenz (Contact Author)

Jacobs University Bremen ( email )

Campus Ring 1
Bremen, 28759
Germany

Fabian Paetzel

University of the German Federal Armed Forces - Helmut Schmidt Universität ( email )

Holstenhofweg 85
Hamburg, 22008
Germany

DFG Research Group 2104 ( email )

Holstenhofweg 85
Hamburg, DE 22043
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://bedarfsgerechtigkeit.hsu-hh.de/en?set_language=en

Markus S. Tepe

University of Oldenburg ( email )

Ammerländer Heerstraße 114-118
Oldenburg, DE D-26111
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.tepems.de

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