New working paper: "Self-Signaling in Moral Voting"

A new working paper by Jean-Robert Tyran on "Self-Signaling in Moral Voting" (with Lydia Mechtenberg, Grischa Perino, Nicolas Treich and Stephanie Wang) is available.

Title: Self-Signaling in Moral Voting

Abstract: This paper presents a two-wave survey experiment on self-image concerns in moral voting. We elicit votes on the so-called Horncow Initiative. This initiative required subsidization of farmers who refrain from dehorning. We investigate how non-consequentialist and non-deontological messages changing the moral self-signaling value of a Yes vote affect selection and processing of consequentialist information, and reported voting behavior. We find that a message enhancing the self-signaling value of a Yes vote is effective: voters agree more with arguments in favor of the initiative, anticipate more frequently voting in favor, and report more frequently having voted in favor of the initiative.

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