Category Archives: Economics of Elections

A Capital Challenge

Watching the attempts of the red-shirts to change the Thai government by bringing Bangkok to a standstill, I was reminded of the observation that Alberto Alesina and Ed Glaeser make in their book Fighting Poverty. In countries where the largest … Continue reading

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The Size of Nations

My Wryside Economics talk on ABC Radio National’s Life Matters program tomorrow is on “The Size of Nations”, a terrific book by Alberto Alesina and Enrico Spolaore, which posits that country size is a tradeoff between the economic benefits of … Continue reading

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Randomised political trials, drugs and crime

Two interesting new economics papers from the latest NBER batch. Party Affiliation, Partisanship, and Political Beliefs: A Field Experiment (ungated unstable link) Alan S. Gerber, Gregory A. Huber & Ebonya Washington Political partisanship is strongly correlated with attitudes and behavior, … Continue reading

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On bleeding and leading

My AFR oped today asks: does it matter for economic policy which individual leads a particular political party? The conclusion: not in most cases. Of course, a 750-word piece can only do justice to one strand of a vast literature. … Continue reading

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Babies at the Ballot Box

Voters may say that baby-faced pollies look less competent, but they still seem to vote for them. From a new Finnish study: Faces of Politicians: Babyfacedness Predicts Inferred Competence but Not Electoral Success Panu Poutvaara, Henrik Jordahl and Niclas Berggren … Continue reading

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A statistical gripe

Statistics are great tools, so long as you don’t lie about them. I just came across a number that seems to have taken hold in international circles, which is the “Share of individuals that cast a ballot during an election, … Continue reading

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