Bribery or Just Desserts? Evidence on the Influence of Congressional Voting Patterns on Pac Contributions from Exogenous Variation in the Sex Mix of Legislator Offspring

40 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2008 Last revised: 10 Aug 2010

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Dalton Conley

New York University (NYU) - Department of Sociology; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Brian McCabe

New York University (NYU)

Date Written: April 2008

Abstract

Evidence on the relationship between political contributions and legislators' voting behavior is marred by concerns about endogeneity in the estimation process. Using a legislator's offspring sex mix as an exogenous variable, we employ a two-stage least squares estimation procedure to predict the effect of voting behavior on political contributions. Following previous research, we find that a legislator's proportion daughters has a significant effect on voting behavior for women's issues, as measured by score in the "Congressional Record on Choice" issued by NARAL Pro-Choice America. In the second stage, we make a unique contribution by demonstrating a significant impact of exogenous voting behavior on PAC contributions, lending credibility to the hypothesis that Political Action Committees respond to legislators' voting patterns by "rewarding" political candidates that vote in line with the positions of the PAC, rather than affecting or "bribing" those same votes -- at least in this high profile policy domain.

Suggested Citation

Conley, Dalton and McCabe, Brian, Bribery or Just Desserts? Evidence on the Influence of Congressional Voting Patterns on Pac Contributions from Exogenous Variation in the Sex Mix of Legislator Offspring (April 2008). NBER Working Paper No. w13945. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1121736

Dalton Conley (Contact Author)

New York University (NYU) - Department of Sociology ( email )

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Brian McCabe

New York University (NYU) ( email )

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