Pedersen, Sofie K.3; Koch, Alexander Karl4; Nafziger, Julia4
1 Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University2 Department of Economics and Business Economics - TrygFonden's Centre for Child Research, Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University3 unknown4 Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University
Little is known about the demand side of paternalism. We investigate attitudes towards paternalism among Danish students. The main question is whether demand for paternalism is related to self-control, either because people with self-control problems seek commitment devices to overcome these problems, or because people with good self-control want those who lack it to change their behaviours. We find no evidence linking self-control to attitudes towards weak forms of paternalism (e.g., nudges or information about health consequences). But respondents with good self-control are significantly more favourable towards strong paternalism (e.g., restricting choices or sin taxes) than those struggling with self-control.
Bulletin of Economic Research, 2014, p. 147-166
Commitment; Paternalism; Political attitudes; Regulation; Self-control