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Title The Effect of Hate Speech Regulation on Preference Falsification
Post date 01/09/2019
C1 Background and Explanation of Rationale We examine the effect of hate speech regulation on preference falsification. Our core treatment is a prime based on fictional hate speech law that mimics existing legislation. After reporting their level of support towards the content of the legislation, respondents are asked to disclose preferences on a set of issues related to free speech, religious freedom, and treatment of religious groups. The reported opinions are then compared with revealed positions on the same items that were elicited pre-treatment using a set of double-list experiments.
C2 What are the hypotheses to be tested?

The first hypothesis holds that far from reducing obnoxious ideas, restricting “hate speech” merely drives them underground and thus results in an increase in preference falsification (H1).

The second hypothesis states that, regardless of its effect on true hate speech, hate speech regulation results in a chilling effect on public discourse, where citizens are reluctant to openly debate controversial, yet crucial political issues, choosing to self-censor instead (H2).

We elaborate more on these hypotheses in our PAP.

C3 How will these hypotheses be tested? * We implement our research design using four components: Two double list experiments, an experimental manipulation priming hate speech regulation (preceded by a attention check), a matching battery of direct items, and items for subgroup analyses (already part of the core survey). We elaborate more on the design and strategy to identify the quantities of interest in our PAP.
C4 Country United States, Germany
C5 Scale (# of Units) 1200-1500 per country
C6 Was a power analysis conducted prior to data collection? Yes
C7 Has this research received Insitutional Review Board (IRB) or ethics committee approval? Yes
C8 IRB Number Princeton IRB #8327, 10014, 10041 (3 parts)
C9 Date of IRB Approval 7/12/17, 8/4/17, 8/24/17
C10 Will the intervention be implemented by the researcher or a third party? Researchers
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? No
C13 JEL Classification(s) not provided by authors