Is the median voter decisive? Evidence from referenda voting patterns

@inproceedings{Brunner2010IsTM,
  title={Is the median voter decisive? Evidence from referenda voting patterns},
  author={Eric J. Brunner and Stephen L. Ross},
  year={2010}
}
This paper examines whether the voter with the median income is decisive in local spending decisions. Previous tests have relied on cross-sectional data while we make use of a pair of California referenda to estimate a first difference specification. The referenda proposed to lower the required vote share for passing local educational bonding initiatives from 67 to 50% and 67 to 55%, respectively. We find that voters rationally consider future public service decisions when deciding how to vote… CONTINUE READING

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