Persistence of voice pitch bias against policy differences

Cinar, Asli Ceren and Kıbrıs, Özgür (2022) Persistence of voice pitch bias against policy differences. [Working Paper / Technical Report] Sabanci University ID:UNSPECIFIED

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We use an online experiment to study the relative e ect on voter behavior of candidate voice pitch and policy di erences between candidates. We  rst demonstrate a strong voice pitch bias: in an election between candidates who are identical in every aspect but voice pitch, voters are signi cantly more likely to choose the one with the lower voice pitch. Voice pitch bias is higher in elections between men than women candidates. We then introduce a novel phenomenon. Persistence of voice pitch bias is the amount of policy di erence needed to compensate for voice pitch bias. While persistence is also gender-dependent, the e ect is now reversed: voice pitch bias is more persistent in elections between women than men candidates. Finally, as a possible mechanism we show that voters perceive candidates with a lower voice pitch as more competent and trustworthy. Our  ndings are robust against voters' gender and other socio-economic characteristics.
Item Type: Working Paper / Technical Report
Uncontrolled Keywords: voice pitch bias, persistence, voting, perception, elections, online experiment
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Economics
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Özgür Kıbrıs
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2022 11:05
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2022 11:05

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