EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Shaping the Nation: The Effect of Fourth of July on Political Preferences and Behavior in the United States

David Yanagizawa-Drott () and Andreas Madestam ()

Scholarly Articles from Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Abstract: This paper examines whether social interactions and cultural practices affect political views and behavior in society. We investigate the issue by documenting a major social and cultural event at different stages in life: the Fourth of July celebrations in the United States during the 20th century. Using absence of rainfall as a proxy for participation in the event, we find that days without rain on Fourth of July in childhood shift adult views and voting in favor of the Republicans and increase turnout in presidential elections. The effects we estimate are highly persistent throughout life and originate in early age. Rain-free Fourth of Julys experienced as an adult also make it more likely that people identify as Republicans, but the effect depreciates substantially after a few years. Taken together, the evidence suggests that political views and behavior derive from social and cultural experience in early childhood, and that Fourth of July shapes the political landscape in the Unites States.

Date: 2012
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (19) Track citations by RSS feed

Published in HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series

Downloads: (external link)
http://dash.harvard.edu/bitstream/handle/1/9396434 ... Yanagizawa-Drott.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
Working Paper: Shaping of the Nation: The Effect of Fourth of July on Political Preferences and Behavior in the United States (2012) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:hrv:hksfac:9396434

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Scholarly Articles from Harvard Kennedy School of Government Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Office for Scholarly Communication ().

 
Page updated 2022-09-26
Handle: RePEc:hrv:hksfac:9396434