Voting on slavery at the Constitutional Convention

@article{Dougherty2008VotingOS,
  title={Voting on slavery at the Constitutional Convention},
  author={Keith L. Dougherty and Jac C. Heckelman},
  journal={Public Choice},
  year={2008},
  volume={136},
  pages={293-313}
}
This paper provides the first empirical study of delegate voting behavior on issues of slavery at the U.S. Constitutional Convention. We analyze two categories of votes: those related to apportionment and those related to the regulation of the slave trade. Although it is widely believed that delegates voted consistent with the interests of their states on issues of slavery, we find that for votes on apportionment, the effect of state interests was enhanced by both the delegate’s personal… 
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