Experimental Evidence on Expressive Voting

The Oxford Handbook of Public Choice, edited by Roger Congleton, Bernie Grofman, and Stefan Voigt, Forthcoming

22 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2016

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Jean-Robert Tyran

University of Vienna; University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Alexander K. Wagner

University of Salzburg - Department of Economics and Social Sciences; University of Vienna - Vienna Center for Experimental Economics

Date Written: November 11, 2016

Abstract

Standard economic reasoning assumes that people vote instrumentally, i.e., that the sole motivation to vote is to influence the outcome of an election. In contrast, voting is expressive if voters derive utility from the very act of expressing support for one of the options by voting for it, and this utility is independent of whether the vote affects the outcome. This paper surveys experimental tests of expressive voting with a particular focus on the low-cost theory of expressive voting. The evidence for the low-cost theory of expressive voting is mixed.

Keywords: Expressive Voting, Experiment, Public Choice, Political Economy

JEL Classification: C91, C92, D72

Suggested Citation

Tyran, Jean-Robert and Wagner, Alexander K., Experimental Evidence on Expressive Voting (November 11, 2016). The Oxford Handbook of Public Choice, edited by Roger Congleton, Bernie Grofman, and Stefan Voigt, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2867954

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Alexander K. Wagner

University of Salzburg - Department of Economics and Social Sciences ( email )

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University of Vienna - Vienna Center for Experimental Economics ( email )

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Austria

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