Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Shana Kushner Gadarian
Arts and Science
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Health Psychology | Political Science
The following paper examines how value-based considerations for social welfare policy opinion are affected by changes in the race of the program recipient. I propose a new model to understand social welfare policy opinion called the interactive model—where instrinsic considerations are tempered by extrinsic considerations. Through an original survey experiment, I find that humanitarianism and economic individualism do not have significant effects on social welfare policy opinion. However, egalitarianism is found to have a strong impact. When the race of the program recipient is changed from white to African-American, the impact of egalitarianism increases for views of Medicare. When the race of the program recipient is changed from white to African-American, the impact of egalitarianism decreases to zero for views of Medicaid. These results suggest that many Americans have flexible values that are influenced by outside factors when considering public policy.
Pulliam, Christopher, "The Influence of Values and Recipient Groups on Social Welfare Policy Opinion" (2017). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 1029.
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