Publication Type:

Publication Year:

Publication Bibliography:

Support for Public Provision of a Private Good with Top-Up and Opt-Out: A Controlled Laboratory Experiment
(with Kate Cuff , Jerry Hurley, Stuart Mestelman, Stephanie Thomas and David Cameron)
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization , 111, 177-196, 2015
Abstract: This paper presents the results of a revealed-choice experiment testing the theoretical predictions of political economy models regarding public support for a publicly provided private good financed with proportional income taxes when individuals can purchase the good privately and either continue to consume public provision (‘top-up’) or forego public provision (‘opt-out’), but in each case continue to pay income taxes. Our laboratory results confirm behavior is consistent with the predicted majority-preferred tax rate under mixed financing with top-up, but we identify preferences for significantly higher rates of public provision than predicted under mixed financing with opt-out. Using non parametric regression analysis, we explore the relationship between individuals’ top-up and opt-out decisions and both their income levels and the implemented tax rates.
[go to paper]

Publication Reference Link:

Break down of publication data into fields

Publication Title:

Author Name:

Co-Author Name(s):


Conference Title:

Report Title:

Title of Paper:

Chapter Title:

Title of Journal:

Title of Book:

Conference Name:

City and Province/State/Country:

Editor's Name (if different from Author's Name):

Volume and Issue:

ISBN/Catalogue No:



Page Number(s):

Publication Type:

Publication Category: