The Effects of Campaign Spending in House Elections: New Evidence for Old Argument

@article{Jacobson1990TheEO,
  title={The Effects of Campaign Spending in House Elections: New Evidence for Old Argument},
  author={Gary C. Jacobson},
  journal={American Journal of Political Science},
  year={1990},
  volume={34},
  pages={334}
}
  • G. C. Jacobson
  • Published 1 May 1990
  • Political Science
  • American Journal of Political Science
The question of how campaign spending affects election results remains open because the simultaneity problem has proven so intractable. Green and Krasno's (1988) recent attempt to solve the problem - and to demonstrate that marginal returns on spending are as great for incumbents as for challengers - again comes up short. A panel feature of the ABC News/Washington Post Congressional District Poll conducted during the 1986 elections offers a fresh perspective on the question. Analysis of changes… 

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