Tag Archives: Political Economy

Local Elections in America Project: “a digital archive of past election results”

Here is their website. From a quick glance, it seems to have election data since 1970 for most if not all elected offices ranging from local to federal offices. Awesome. HT:@BrendanNyhan Advertisements

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Overconfidence in Political Behavior and its Effects on Ideological Extremeness and Voter Turnout

From Pietro Ortoleva and Erik Snowberg: This paper studies, theoretically and empirically, the role of overconfidence in political behavior. Our model of overconfidence in beliefs predicts that overconfidence leads to ideological extremeness, increased voter turnout, and increased strength of partisan identification. Moreover, … Continue reading

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Market-based Lobbying: Evidence from Advertising Spending in Italy

From Stefano DellaVigna, Ruben Durante, Brian Knight, Eliana La Ferrara: An extensive literature has studied lobbying by special interest groups. We analyze a novel lobbying channel: lobbying businessmen-politicians through business proxies. When a politician controls a business, firms attempting to curry … Continue reading

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Ukraine: A battle for the future of Europe

From Yuriy Gorodnichenko: Squeezed between European super powers, Ukraine is no stranger to tensions, but it has been a remarkably peaceful country in the modern history. The recent waves of protests and government-sponsored violence moved Ukraine to the brink of … Continue reading

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Competing for Global Capital or Local Voters? The Politics of Business Location Incentives

From Nathan Jensen, Edmund Malesky, Matthew Walsh: The competition for global capital has led to wars between countries, states, and cities, as to who can offer the most attractive fiscal incentives to firms. In this study, we examine the domestic politics of … Continue reading

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Pass the Bucks: Investment Incentives as Political Credit-Claiming Devices: Evidence from a Survey Experiment

From Nathan Jensen, Edmund Malesky, Mariana Medina, Ugur Ozdemir:  Both countries and subnational governments commonly engage in competition for mobile capital, offering generous incentives to attract investment. Existing research has suggested that these tax incentives have a limited ability to affect investment patterns and … Continue reading

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On the Origin of States: Stationary Bandits and Taxation in Eastern Congo

From Raul Sanchez de la Sierra: The state is among the greatest developments in human history and a precursor of economic growth. Why do states arise, and when do they fail to arise? A dominant view across disciplines is that states … Continue reading

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