Authors: Dawes, Christopher T. (Department of Politics) Johannesson, Magnus (Stockholm School of Economics), Lindqvist, Erik (Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)), Loewen, Peter (Department of Political Science), Östling, Robert (Institute for International Economic Studies), Bonde, Marianne, Priks, Frida
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.