Methodological Issues in Bridging Ideal Points in Disparate Institutions in a Data Sparse Environment

18 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2011

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Boris Shor

University of Houston - Department of Political Science

Nolan McCarty

Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Princeton University - Department of Political Science

Christopher R. Berry

University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy

Date Written: January 24, 2011

Abstract

In earlier work, we created Congressional common space scores for multiple state legislatures using bridge actors who served in both institutions. Here, we employ simulations to explore the general issues involved in bridging institutions in data-sparse environments, where only a few bridge actors exist to allow inter-institutional comparisons. We find that only a few such bridges are necessary to improve ideal point estimates of rescaled legislative chambers.

Suggested Citation

Shor, Boris and McCarty, Nolan and Berry, Christopher R., Methodological Issues in Bridging Ideal Points in Disparate Institutions in a Data Sparse Environment (January 24, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1746582 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1746582

Boris Shor (Contact Author)

University of Houston - Department of Political Science ( email )

Houston, TX 77204-3011
United States

Nolan McCarty

Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs ( email )

Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544-1021
United States

Princeton University - Department of Political Science ( email )

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Christopher R. Berry

University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60637
United States

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