Experimental Economics and Game Theory Seminar for April 26

Events, Seminars | April 16, 2019

Join us for the ICES Seminar in Experimental Economics and Game Theory of the Spring 2019 semester, featuring Marcel Preuss.

Dr. Preuss, of Cornell University, will discuss his paper Perceived Intergenerational Mobility and Revealed Distributional Preferences: Evidence from a Large-scale Experiment (Abstract). The talk will take place on Friday, April 26th, from 4:00 to 5:00pm in room 5183 of Vernon Smith Hall, Arlington campus.
Visit the Seminar schedule to access the paper and to learn more about upcoming speakers.


This paper asks how intergenerational mobility perceptions affect support for redistribution and revealed distributional preferences. We conduct a randomized information intervention in a large and heterogeneous sample of Germans to manipulate beliefs about intergenerational mobility. While the information treatment renders beliefs about intergenerational mobility more pessimistic, we neither find that the treatment affects revealed distributional preferences nor that it increases support for redistribution and education spending. The large sample size allows us to rule out economically meaningful effects. We do, however, find evidence that distributional preferences respond to information about the income rank of the transfer recipient.

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