Finance Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2-1-2009

Publication Source

The Quarterly Journal of Economics

Volume

124

Issue

1

Start Page

399

Last Page

422

DOI

10.1162/qjec.2009.124.1.399

Abstract

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.

Copyright/Permission Statement

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

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.