Daniel Zizzo (Newcastle University), 3 Oct 2016, 4:30pm, DUBS 4.53


Title: Competence versus Honesty: What Do Voters Care About? (with Fabio Galeotti)

Speaker: Prof. Daniel Zizzo

Date & Time: 3rd October (Monday), 4:30-5:45 PM

Venue: room 453 at the Durham University Business School


We set up two experiments to measure voter preferences trade-offs between competence and honesty. We measure the competence and honesty of candidates by asking them to work on a real effort task and decide whether to report truthfully or not the value of their work. In the first stage, the earnings are the result of the competence and honesty of one randomly selected participant. In the second stage, subjects can select who will determine their earnings based on the first stage’s competence and honesty of the alternative candidates. We find that most voters tend to have a bias towards caring about honesty even when this results in lower payoffs.   

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