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Referenda under Oath


Herein we explore whether a solemn oath can eliminate hypothetical bias in a voting referenda, a design commonly promoted in nonmarket valuation exercises for its incentive compatibility properties. First, we reject the null hypothesis that a hypothetical bias does not exist. Second, we cannot reject the hypothesis that people who sign an oath are as likely to vote for the public good (e.g., wind energy R&D) in a hypothetical referenda as in a real one. This result opens interesting avenues for improving the elicitation of preferences in the lab.
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halshs-00490448 , version 1 (08-06-2010)


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Nicolas Jacquemet, Alexander James, Stephane Luchini, Jason Shogren. Referenda under Oath. 2010. ⟨halshs-00490448⟩
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