Disincentives from Redistribution: Evidence on a Dividend of Democracy

52 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2019

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Rupert Sausgruber

Vienna University of Economics and Business - Department of Economics

Axel Sonntag

Vienna Center for Experimental Economics; Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS)

Jean-Robert Tyran

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

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Date Written: May 31, 2019

Abstract

We experimentally study the disincentive effect of taxing work and redistributing tax revenues when redistribution is imposed vs. democratically chosen in a vote. We find a “dividend of democracy” in the sense that the disincentive effect is substantially smaller when redistribution is chosen in a vote than when it is imposed. Redistribution seems to be more legitimate, and hence less demotivating, when accepted in a vote.

Keywords: redistribution, disincentive effect, voting, legitimacy, real-effort task, lab experiment

JEL Classification: C92, D31, D72, H23

Suggested Citation

Sausgruber, Rupert and Sonntag, Axel and Tyran, Jean-Robert, Disincentives from Redistribution: Evidence on a Dividend of Democracy (May 31, 2019). WU International Taxation Research Paper Series No. 2019 - 05 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3475358 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3475358

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