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The Heterogeneous Price of a Vote: Evidence from Multiparty Systems, 1993-2017

Yasmine Bekkouche, Julia Cagé () and Edgard Dewitte

No 15150, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: What is the impact of campaign spending on votes? Does it vary across election types, political parties or electoral settings? Estimating these effects requires comprehensive data on spending across candidates, parties and elections, as well as identification strategies that handle the endogenous and strategic nature of campaign spending in multiparty systems. This paper provides novel contributions in both of these areas. We build a new comprehensive dataset of all French legislative and UK general elections over the 1993-2017 period. We propose new empirical specifications, including a new instrument that relies on the fact that candidates are differentially affected by regulation on the source of funding on which they depend the most. We find that an increase in spending per voter consistently improves candidates' vote share, both at British and French elections, and that the effect is heterogeneous depending on candidates' party. In particular, we show that spending by radical and extreme parties has much lower returns than spending by mainstream parties, and that this can be partly explained by the social stigma attached to extreme voting. Our findings help reconcile the conflicting results of the existing literature, and improve our understanding of why campaigns matter.

Keywords: Campaign expenditures; Campaign finance reform; Campaign financing; Elections; Heterogeneous effects of campaign spending; Multiparty electoral data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 H7 P48 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-08
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