Do Political Parties Matter? Evidence from U.S. Cities

  title={Do Political Parties Matter? Evidence from U.S. Cities},
  author={Fernando V. Ferreira and Joseph Gyourko},
  journal={Public Choice \& Political Economy eJournal},
We examine whether partisan political differences have important effects on policy outcomes at the local level using a new panel data set of mayoral elections in the United States. Applying a regression discontinuity design to deal with the endogeneity of the mayor's party, we find that party labels do not affect the size of government, the allocation of spending or crime rates, even though there is a large political advantage to incumbency in terms of the probability of winning the next… 

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