Elasticity and Tax Shifting notes
Elasticity and Tax Shifting
The more elastic the schedule
The larger the share of the tax that will fall on the other side of
Elastic demand curve
Elastic Supply curve
Larger share paid by demanders
It is onl
Education Interaction notes
The Ideology*Education Interaction
Ideology and education interact in an interesting way.
Despite their slight correlation, ideology*education has more
predictive power than ideology alone.
Simple explanation: The higher
Concentrated vs Diffuse Interests notes
Wittman's Sampler, I: Pork Barrel Politics
Pork barrel politics allegedly stem from the geographic
nature of representative. Every Congressman wants to "bring
home the pork" to his district.
Reply #1: Presiden
Dimensionality of US Political Opinion notes
The Dimensionality of U.S. Political Opinion
There are many different ways to analyze political beliefs.
What can factor analysis tell us abou
Decisiveness and Relative Prices notes
If part of the motive for voting is expressive, there is a
shocking implication: People do NOT necessarily vote for
the policies that they most prefer.
Why? Because expressive and instrum
Expressive Voting as Political Pollution notes
The Hanson/Cowen Critique
My colleagues Robin Hanson and Tyler Cowen do not buy
the preceding argument.
Basic objection: Why isn't expressive value adjusted for
Ex: You do not fee
Ideological Voting notes
As mentioned earlier, the main problem with the simple
sociotropic voting model is that it has trouble explaining
The empirical evidence on ideology suggests a more
Federalism For and Against notes
Federalism: For and Against
Within any nation, there are normally districts, states, or other
Definition: The more independent and powerful these subgovernments compared to the central government,
Empirical Evidence on the SIVH notes
Empirical Evidence on the SIVH
There is an enormous literature on the SIVH in general, and
M&R-type thinking in particular.
Many of these tests - particularly those performed by
economists - rely on aggregate dat
Critiques of the Economic Approach notes
Critiques of the Economic Approach
Critics of the economic approach to politics dislike its
"economistic" assumptions. Public choice allegedly ignores
the most important features of political life: