An Experimental Test of the Validity of Survey-Measured Political Ideology

36 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2018

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Maite D. Laméris

University of Groningen - Faculty of Economics and Business

Richard Jong-A-Pin

University of Groningen - Department of Economics (Economie)

Rasmus Wiese

University of Groningen

Date Written: July 09, 2018

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.

Keywords: political ideology, survey measurement, predictive validity, distribution experiment, real effort

JEL Classification: C910, D310

Suggested Citation

Laméris, Maite D. and Jong-A-Pin, Richard and Wiese, Rasmus, An Experimental Test of the Validity of Survey-Measured Political Ideology (July 09, 2018). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 7139. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3237290

Maite D. Laméris (Contact Author)

University of Groningen - Faculty of Economics and Business ( email )

Postbus 72
9700 AB Groningen
Netherlands

Richard Jong-A-Pin

University of Groningen - Department of Economics (Economie) ( email )

P.O. Box 800
9700 AV Groningen
Netherlands

Rasmus Wiese

University of Groningen ( email )

P.O. Box 800
9700 AH Groningen, Groningen 9700 AV
Netherlands

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