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Are cities as politically polarized as states and countries? “No” is the answer from our regression discontinuity design analysis, which shows that whether the mayor is a Democrat or a Republican does not affect the size of city government, the allocation of local public spending, or crime rates. However, there is a substantial incumbent effect for mayors. We investigate three mechanisms that could account for the striking lack of partisan impact at the local level, and find the most support for Tiebout competition among localities within metropolitan areas.
This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in The Quarterly Journal of Economics following peer review. The version of record Fernando Ferreira, Joseph Gyourko; Do Political Parties Matter? Evidence from U.S. Cities, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Volume 124, Issue 1, 1 February 2009, Pages 399–422, https://doi.org/10.1162/qjec.2009.124.1.399 is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/qjec.2009.124.1.399
Ferreira, F. V., & Gyourko, J. (2009). Do Political Parties Matter? Evidence from U.S. Cities. The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 124 (1), 399-422. http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/qjec.2009.124.1.399
Date Posted: 27 November 2017
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