Aaron Saiewitz (Accounting) published an article for The Conversation titled "Support for Biden’s $1.9 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package May Not Be as Broad as it Seems – It’s All a Matter of Perspective" with Dave Piercey from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Conversation is a website dedicated to sharing academic research with a wider audience. This article summarizes the results of their paper published last year in Behavioral Research in Accounting (A- on the Lee Business School journal list) where the authors found that individuals have difficulty comprehending the large numbers involved in government spending, preventing them from factoring in the cost of the spending when expressing their support for government spending proposals. Presenting the cost in more relatable per-household terms helps individuals express support consistent with their cost-sensitive preferences.
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