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]
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