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The Effects of Identities, Incentives, and Information on Voting

Event details of CREED/TI seminar: Kenneth Williams (Michigan State University)
Date 16 June 2011
Time 16:00 -17:00
Location Roeterseilandcampus - building E

Abstract:
We report on majority rule voting experiments where subjects are randomly assigned identities in common with a candidate. However, subjects sometimes receive a financial incentive from voting contrary to their identity. We vary the size of the incentive as well as information voters have about the advantage of the incentive. We find that subjects are influenced by their assigned identities and the effect is stronger when voters have less information. Nevertheless, financial incentives reduce this influence when voters have full information. Our results suggest that identity may have an important affect on voter choices in elections where incentives or information are low. The experiment also allow us to discuss how learning is impacted when financial incentives and the complexity of the experiment varies.

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Roeterseilandcampus - building E

Roetersstraat 11
1018 WB Amsterdam

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