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Plurality Rule, Proportional Representation, and the German Bundestag: How Incentives to Pork-Barrel Differ Across Electoral Systems
This paper examines the importance of electoral rules for legislators’ behavior. The German electoral system includes a mechanism which assigns whether legislators are elected under theExpand
Fiscal Policy and Financial Markets
This paper introduces fiscal policy in a model of sovereign risk spreads ("spreads"). Using panel data from emerging market countries, we find that reductions in public expenditure are a moreExpand
The Economic Effects of Democratic Participation
Considerable concern has been expressed in recent years about declines in voter participation rates in the United States and in several other major democratic countries. Some feel low participationExpand
Political Economy at Any Speed: What Determines Traffic Citations?
Speeding tickets are determined not only by the speed of the offender, but also by incentives faced by police officers and their vote-maximizing principals. We hypothesize that police officers issueExpand
The Effects of Logrolling on Congressional Voting
The theoretical public-choice literature suggests that vote trading is an important determinant of congressional voting behavior. Yet empirical voting models do not allow for vote trading. TheseExpand
Some talk: Money in politics. A (partial) review of the literature
The financing of political campaigns is an area of active scholarly study. I review some of the recent literature and discuss important methodological issues that arise in empirical research onExpand
The Market For Congressional Votes: Is Timing of Contributions Everything?1
This study utilizes the timing of campaign contributions to identify whether the objective of Political Action Committees (PACs) is to influence congressional votes or solely to elect a preferredExpand
Interest Group Competition and the Organization of Congress: Theory and Evidence from Financial Services Political Action Committees
The authors develop a positive theory of how interest-group competition shapes the organization of Congress and use it to explain campaign contribution patterns in financial services. Since interestExpand
Some talk: Money in politics. A (partial) review of the literature
The financing of political campaigns is an area of active scholarly study. I review some of the recent literature and discuss important methodological issues that arise in empir- ical research onExpand
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