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
Date Written: July 29, 2015
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
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