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Public Ignorance and Estate Tax Repeal: The Effect of Partisan Differences and Survey Incentives

Krupnikov, Yanna and Levine, Adam S. and Lupia, Arthur and Prior, Markus (2006): Public Ignorance and Estate Tax Repeal: The Effect of Partisan Differences and Survey Incentives. Forthcoming in: National Tax Journal , Vol. 59, No. September 2006 (2006)

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Abstract

We re-examine whether the broad support for repeal of the estate tax is a result of citizen ignorance. We find that increasing information about the estate tax or politics in general has very different effects on Republicans and Democrats. While high and low-information Republicans support estate tax repeal, Democratic support is higher among those who know less. However, most highly-informed people in both parties support repeal. We also show that standard surveys overestimate the extent of misinformation about the estate tax. Therefore, “ignorance” is not a compelling explanation of why so many people support estate tax repeal.

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