Measuring Legislative Boundaries
12 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2010 Last revised: 11 Jun 2013
Date Written: November 17, 2010
We introduce the first family of district compactness measures that can incorporate a wide range of internal geographic features. The measures in this family are the probability that a district contains an admissible path between a randomly selected pair of people. The measure can account for roads, travel time, political boundaries, and prior districts. This family of measures includes the path-based measure of Chambers and Miller (2010).
Keywords: Compactness, Boundaries, Path-Based Measure, Elections, Gerrymandering, Cores of Prior Districts
JEL Classification: D72, K00, K19
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