Discussion paper

DP16805 In Medio Stat Virtus? Effective Communication and Preferences for Redistribution in Hard Times

This paper evaluates the effects of statistical information on preferences for redistribution of scarce public resources. We refer to scarce resource with reference to the COVID-19 emergency: allocation of the first round of vaccine and the allocation of financial resources provided by the Italian national government to fight the economic emergency triggered by the pandemic. Randomly allocating the information through an online experiment, we show that treated respondents tend to prioritize the group targeted by the information, and they are more likely to do so if they are "in the middle", in terms of age, political preferences, religiosity and education.

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Citation

Bertoli, P, , M Morelli and A Rosso (2021), ‘DP16805 In Medio Stat Virtus? Effective Communication and Preferences for Redistribution in Hard Times‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 16805. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp16805