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Estimating the impact of gubernatorial partisanship on policy settings and economic outcomes: a regression discontinuity approach

Leigh, Andrew


Using panel data from US states over the period 1941-2002, I measure the impact of gubernatorial partisanship on a wide range of different policy settings and economic outcomes. Across 32 measures, there are surprisingly few differences in policy settings, social outcomes and economic outcomes under Democrat and Republican Governors. In terms of policies, Democratic Governors tend to prefer slightly higher minimum wages. Under Republican Governors, incarceration rates are higher, while welfare...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007-06
Type: Working/Technical Paper
Source: European Journal of Political Economy
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2007.06.003


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