A Model of Focusing in Political Choice ∗

  title={A Model of Focusing in Political Choice ∗},
  author={Salvatore Nunnari and Jan Z{\'a}pal},
This paper develops a theoretical model of voters’ and politicians’ behavior based on the notion that voters focus disproportionately on, and hence overweight, certain attributes of policies. We assume that policies have two attributes and that voters focus more on the attribute in which their options differ more. First, we consider exogenous policies and show that voters’ selective attention polarizes the electorate. Second, we consider the endogenous supply of policies by office-motivated… CONTINUE READING

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