Tag Archives: Political Economy

Unintentional Gerrymandering: Political Geography and Electoral Bias in Legislatures

Here’s some very interesting research on gerrymandering, especially relevant for pundits and journalists who have been citing gerrymandering as one of the main causes of today’s gridlock and government shutdown. Roughly speaking, Jowei Chen and Jonathan Rodden show that having a computer … Continue reading

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Valuing The Vote:
 Evidence from the Voting Rights Act of 1965

From Elizabeth Cascio and Ebonya Washington: The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) has been called one of the most effective pieces of civil rights legislation in U.S. history, having generated dramatic increases in black voter registration across the South. We show … Continue reading

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How Elastic Are Preferences for Redistribution?

Ilyana Kuziemko, Michael Norton, Emmanuel Saez, & Stefanie Stantcheva have a new NBER paper on inequality and preferences for redistribution: “This paper analyzes the effects of information about inequality and taxes on preferences for redistribution using randomized online surveys on … Continue reading

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