Most Individuals Prefer to Compromise among Competing Normative Principles of Taxation

10 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2021

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Itai Sher

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Matthew Weinzierl

Harvard Business School - Business, Government and the International Economy Unit

Date Written: September 13, 2021

Abstract

We use a novel survey to gather direct and indirect evidence on how individuals reconcile their simultaneous support for opposing normative principles when forming their policy preferences. Our evidence suggests that, when choosing policy, a minority (approximately one-third) of individuals follow the recommendations of the principle they most strongly support, while the majority of individuals prefer, instead, to compromise. Those who compromise give multiple competing principles weights that roughly correspond to their relative levels of support for them.

Suggested Citation

Sher, Itai and Weinzierl, Matthew, Most Individuals Prefer to Compromise among Competing Normative Principles of Taxation (September 13, 2021). Harvard Business School BGIE Unit Working Paper No. 22-013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3922920 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3922920

Itai Sher

University of Massachusetts Amherst ( email )

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United States

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Harvard Business School - Business, Government and the International Economy Unit ( email )

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