Euclidean Revealed Preferences: Testing the Spatial Voting Model

Journal of Applied Econometrics, Forthcoming

33 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2010 Last revised: 16 Aug 2011

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Marc Henry

Pennsylvania State University

Ismael Mourifie

University of Toronto - Department of Economics

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Date Written: November 9, 2010

Abstract

In the spatial model of voting, voters choose the candidate closest to them in the ideological space. Recent work by Degan and Merlo (2009) shows that it is falsifiable on the basis of individual voting data in multiple elections. We show how to tackle the fact that the model only partially identifies the distribution of voting profiles and we give a formal revealed preference test of the spatial voting model in 3 national elections in the US, and strongly reject the spatial model in all cases. We also construct confidence regions for partially identified voter characteristics in an augmented model with unobserved valence dimension, and identify the amount of voter heterogeneity necessary to reconcile the data with spatial preferences.

Suggested Citation

Henry, Marc and Mourifie, Ismael, Euclidean Revealed Preferences: Testing the Spatial Voting Model (November 9, 2010). Journal of Applied Econometrics, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1706387

Marc Henry (Contact Author)

Pennsylvania State University ( email )

University Park
State College, PA 16802
United States

Ismael Mourifie

University of Toronto - Department of Economics ( email )

150 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S3G7
Canada

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