Seminar: Information and Preferences for Public Spending: Evidence from Representative Survey Experiments
Tuesday March 1st, Guido Schwerdt (Universität Konstanz) will present "Information and Preferences for Public Spending: Evidence from Representative Survey Experiments".
Time: 13.00-14.00 hours
Location: CPB-office, Van Stolkweg 14, The Hague
Presentation: Guido Schwerdt (Universität Konstanz)
Discussant: Kenny Martens (CPB)
Registration: Please register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If citizens are ignorant of the extent of public spending, the size of government may not properly reflect citizens’ preferences. We devise a series of survey experiments to test whether preferences for public spending depend on information status. We find that providing information on current spending levels reduces support for increased public spending with effects being largest among citizens who underestimate current spending levels. When asked about preferences for teacher salary increases, treatment effects are negative for those who underestimate current salary levels, but in fact inexistent for those who correctly estimate and positive for those who overestimate. Further evidence suggests that providing citizens with information on the cost of specific education reforms reduces support for the reforms.
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