[gov3009-l] Applied Statistics Workshop: Fowler and Hall on Wed., March 27

Konstantin Kashin kkashin at fas.harvard.edu
Tue Mar 26 18:37:00 EDT 2013


Hi all,

The paper for tomorrow, if you're interested, is available here:
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/21176039/FowlerHall_ConstituentPriorities.pdf

~Konstantin



2013/3/25 Konstantin Kashin <kkashin at fas.harvard.edu>

> Dear all,
>
> We hope you can join us this Wednesday, March 27, 2013 for the Applied
> Statistics Workshop in CGIS Knafel 354. Anthony Fowler<http://www.gov.harvard.edu/people/anthony-fowler>and Andrew
> B. Hall <http://www.andrewbenjaminhall.com/>, Ph.D. Candidates from the
> Department of Government at Harvard University, will give a presentation
> entitled "Do Legislators Cater to the Priorities of Their Constituents?". A
> light lunch will be served at 12 pm and the talk will begin at 12.15.
>
> Abstract:
>
>> Republican and Democratic legislators vote differently on a large number
>> of bills even when representing constituents of identical preferences.
>> Because constituencies care about some issues more than others,
>> representatives may give short shrift to the district's preferences on some
>> topics while carefully mirroring them on others. The more a district cares
>> about an issue, the more loyally we should see its legislators voting. As a
>> consequence, we should expect the partisan gap in representation -- the
>> difference in voting behavior between a Democrat and a Republican
>> representing the same constituents -- to shrink on issues of greater
>> concern to the district. We test this hypothesis in eight issue areas:
>> agriculture, civil rights, defense, education, energy, public
>> transportation, senior citizens' issues, and welfare. Contrary to
>> expectation, we find little evidence that representational quality improves
>> when constituents have strong personal interests. Across all issues
>> examined, the representational gap between the parties is massive and does
>> not shrink meaningfully in especially-interested districts.
>
>
> An up-to-date schedule for the workshop is available at
> http://events.iq.harvard.edu/events/node/1208.
>
> Best,
> Konstantin
>
> --
> Konstantin Kashin
> Ph.D. Candidate in Government
> Harvard University
>
> Mobile: 978-844-0538
> E-mail: kkashin at fas.harvard.edu
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>



-- 
Konstantin Kashin
Ph.D. Candidate in Government
Harvard University

Mobile: 978-844-0538
E-mail: kkashin at fas.harvard.edu
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