Affecting Public Support for Economic Policies: Evidence from a Survey Experiment About Rent Control in Germany

52 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2023

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Mathias Dolls

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Paul Schüle

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) - ifo Institute (Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich)

Lisa Windsteiger

University of Salzburg

Date Written: 2023

Abstract

We conduct a survey experiment among 18,000 respondents in Germany to examine the determinants of support for rent control policies. Highlighting undesirable price and supply effects lowers respondents’ agreement with rent control, while pointing out that it can prevent displacement of low-income tenants increases agreement. However, while our treatments shift support for the policy into the hypothesized direction, the effect size decreases in misperceptions. Our results suggest that responsiveness to new information depends largely on prior beliefs, which affect perceived credibility and political neutrality of the received information. Mere information provision is therefore not sufficient to effectively alter policy views.

Keywords: rent control, efficiency, redistribution, survey experiment

JEL Classification: D720, D830, D910, R210, R310, R380, P430

Suggested Citation

Dolls, Mathias and Schüle, Paul and Windsteiger, Lisa, Affecting Public Support for Economic Policies: Evidence from a Survey Experiment About Rent Control in Germany (2023). CESifo Working Paper No. 10493, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4477981 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4477981

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Paul Schüle

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) - ifo Institute (Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich) ( email )

Munich
Germany

Lisa Windsteiger

University of Salzburg ( email )

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Salzburg, Salzburg 5020
Austria

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