Essays in the political economy of voting and reforms

Mueller, Daniel (2014) Essays in the political economy of voting and reforms. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This thesis presents four essays in the political economy of elections and reforms. The first study exploits discontinuities around school entry cut-off dates to show that early childhood conditions can impact the probability to become a top-flight politician. The second study provides empirical estimates of the effect of sequential voting on turnout and bandwagon voting outside the laboratory. The third work describes a novel nonparametric strategy to identify tactical voting patterns directly from balloting results using British election data. Finally, a study is put forward that examines the political feasibility of reforms.

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ID Code: 74473
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Torgler, Benno & Page, Lionel
Keywords: selection of politicians, regression discontinuity design, relative age effect, exit polls, turnout, bandwagon effect, natural experiment, tactical voting, information rents
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 18 Aug 2014 04:19
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:49

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