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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

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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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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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Do Political Protests Matter? Evidence from the Tea Part Movement

From Andreas Madestam, Daniel Shoag, Stan Veuger, and David Yanagizawa-Drott:  Can protests cause political change, or are they merely symptoms of underlying shifts in policy preferences? This paper studies the effect of the Tea Party movement in the United States, which rose … Continue reading

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Can Lower Taxes Be Bought? The Role of Business Rent-Seeking

Robert Chirinko and Dan Wilson have a paper in which they estimate the economic value of $1 corporate donation in terms of lower corporate tax liabilities and find it is worth roughly $6.65. Abstract: The standard model of strategic tax competition assumes that … Continue reading

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Why Politicians Love Getting on TV: Words Rewarded Just as Much as Results

Justin Grimmer, Solomon Messing and Sean Westwood have an interesting paper that shows that voters give similar credit for members of Congress who (1) intend to request funds, (2) request funds, and (3) secure funds. The idea is that members … 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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