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Title Prison Contract Blame Attribution
Post date 01/29/2019
C1 Background and Explanation of Rationale n/a
C2 What are the hypotheses to be tested? Our experimental study examines how privatization and deservingness influence blame attribution in the delivery of public services. We use a timely experiment of prisoner transportation, where both conditions have been in the news as of late so are based on real scenarios. In our 2 X 2 experiment, we vary 1) whether the transportation is provided by the government or a for-profit firm and 2) whether the prisoner died due to negligence in transport or the prisoner escaped and killed an innocent bystander due to negligence in transport. Findings have implications for research and practice on blame attribution and the role of deservingness in shaping public opinion. Our first hypothesis is that citizens will place greater blame on the government than the contractor. Our second hypothesis is that citizens’ blame will be higher when the bystander is killed than when the prisoner dies.
C3 How will these hypotheses be tested? * We will examine the data descriptively with crosstabs and with regression to control for potential confounding factors, like political orientation.
C4 Country United States
C5 Scale (# of Units) Approximately 800
C6 Was a power analysis conducted prior to data collection? No
C7 Has this research received Insitutional Review Board (IRB) or ethics committee approval? Yes
C8 IRB Number 17-0070
C9 Date of IRB Approval 12/20/2018
C10 Will the intervention be implemented by the researcher or a third party? The experiment will be conducted by POLS-Lab at UNCC and will use MTURK to get people to take the experiment.
C11 Did any of the research team receive remuneration from the implementing agency for taking part in this research? No
C12 If relevant, is there an advance agreement with the implementation group that all results can be published? not provided by authors
C13 JEL Classification(s) not provided by authors