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Competing approaches to forecasting elections: economic models, opinion polling and prediction markets

Leigh, Andrew; Wolfers, Justin


We review the efficacy of three approaches to forecasting elections: econometric models that project outcomes on the basis of the state of the economy; public opinion polls; and election betting (prediction markets). We assess the efficacy of each in light of the 2004 Australian election. This election is particularly interesting both because of innovations in each forecasting technology, and also because the increased majority achieved by the Coalition surprised most pundits. While the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2005
Type: Working/Technical Paper
Source: The Economic Record
DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4932.2006.00343.x


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