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No 941:
Generosity and Political Preferences

Christopher T. Dawes, Magnus Johannesson, Erik Lindqvist (), Peter Loewen, Robert Ístling, Marianne Bonde and Frida Priks

Abstract: We test whether generosity is related to political preferences and partisanship in Canada, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States using incentivized dictator games. The total sample consists of more than 5,000 respondents. We document that support for social spending and redistribution is positively correlated with generosity in all four countries. Further, we show that donors are more generous towards co-partisans in all countries, and that this effect is stronger among supporters of left-wing political parties. All results are robust to the inclusion to an extensive set of control variables, including income and education.

Keywords: Generosity; Altruism; Political Preferences; Size of Government; Public Goods; Dictator Game; Ingroup Effect; Political Partisanship; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: H11; H40; (follow links to similar papers)

46 pages, November 21, 2012

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