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A Replication of “Do Voters Affect or Elect Policies? Evidence from the U.S. House†(Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2004)

Patrick Button

Public Finance Review, 2018, vol. 46, issue 5, 886-893

Abstract: I replicate Lee, David S., Enrico Moretti, and Matthew J. Butler. 2004. “Do Voters Affect or Elect Policies? Evidence from the U.S. House,†using new advances in regression discontinuity design methodology and data extended to the 2012 election. For the methodology, I use nonparametric methods with optimal bandwidths and bias correction, and I investigate the sensitivity of results to parametric methods, bandwidth, and the inclusion of covariates. My results with this more thorough and modern analysis are the same.

Keywords: elections; voting; legislatures; regression discontinuity design; replication (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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