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In this game, you are a forager who lives in a small village settled deep in a remote forest.
The village contains nine foragers who survive by eating berries to boost their health .
Each day, the villagers set out on their own to find berries. Afterwards, they meet to vote on how much each villager will pay in taxes from their berries to the community.
You will be one of the villagers and the other villagers will be played by the computer. The computer will make decisions for the villagers similar to how people make decisions in this game.
At the end of the game, you will earn 1 cent per point of your final health score. This money will be paid to you as an Mturk bonus.
Searching for Food
Each day you search for berries by clicking on bushes.
Some days you find meager bushes and gather 25 berries, and some days you find lush bushes and gather 50 berries.
To be exact, you have a 50% chance of finding 25 berries and a 50% chance of finding 50 berries. The computer will use these chances to determine how many berries you find each day.
When you find berries, they will appear in your basket.
You will start with 60 health points.
Each day, your health decreases by 35 health points from the energy your body consumes through metabolism.
You can add to your health points by eating berries. Each berry adds 1 health point.
Taxes & Voting
After the villagers collect berries, they hold a village meeting to vote on how to tax their income.
By custom, there are two options on the ballot:
Low Taxes: Each villager is taxed 1 out of every 5 berries they found (20%) which are added to the community basket, or
High Taxes: Each villager is taxed 3 out of every 5 berries they found (60%) which are added to the community basket.
The tax rule that receives the most votes is enacted. The rule is automatically applied to all of the villagers by withdrawing berries from each villager's basket according to the rule.
Distributing & Eating
After voting, the berries in the community basket are divided equally among the nine villagers and distributed to their baskets.
At the end of the day, each villager eats their berries to gain health points. Then they continue to the next day for a total of 10 days.
You start with 60 health points and you lose 35 per day due to metabolism.
Each day, you have equal chances of finding 25 or 50 berries.
You and the other villagers will vote on whether everyone pays Low Taxes (1 out of 5) or High Taxes (3 out of 5).
The tax rule that receives the most votes is enacted. Berries are collected into the community basket according to the rule and then these berries are divided equally among the nine villagers.
After the community berries are divided, you eat your berries to add to your health and proceed to the next day.
The game continues for 10 days. You will earn 1 cent per point of your final health score, paid to you as an Mturk bonus.
You can refer to these instructions at any point during the game by clicking the "Instructions" button.
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Number of Rounds:
Rounds in game: 10
Bushes Searched Daily:
# of Bushes : 5
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Low Taxes Villagers are taxed 1 berry for every 5 berries found.
High Taxes Villagers are taxed 3 berries for every 5 berries found.
The results of the vote are for Low Taxes and for High Taxes. Outcome:
Berries are collected into the community basket.
Berries are distributed to every villager.
You were taxed
Your net change after taxes was
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1. How did you make your decisions in this study?
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Please answer the following questions about the United States government and current support for citizens who are experiencing economic hard times.
2. Do you think the U.S. government currently provides too little, too much, or just the right amount of benefits (money, food, housing, health care, etc.) to people who are experiencing economic hard times?
3. Do you think the U.S. government currently collects too little, too much, or just the right amount of taxes in order to provide benefits to people who are experiencing economic hard times?
4. Are you personally willing to pay more taxes to help provide benefits to people who are experiencing economic hard times?
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5. Generally speaking, are your political views liberal or conservative?
6. Generally speaking, are you a Democrat, Republican, Independent, or something else?
7. What is your sex?
8. What is your age?
9. What is your ethnicity?
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