A Poll Tax by Any Other Name: the Political Economy of Disenfranchisement

59 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2012 Last revised: 8 Jan 2013

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Daniel Jones

University of Pittsburgh - Graduate School of Public & International Affairs

Werner Troesken

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Randall Walsh

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Economics

Date Written: December 2012

Abstract

In this paper, we examine the political economy of voting rights in the American South. We begin by measuring the impact of both formal laws and informal modes of voter suppression on African-American political participation. In contrast to prior research, we find evidence that both formal and informal modes of voter suppression were important and mutually reinforcing. Part of our analysis includes explicitly identifying the magnitude and causal effects of lynching on black voter participation. We then turn to analyzing to the relatively unexplored question of how disenfranchisement-and the accompanying shifts in political power-affected policy outcomes, congressional voting, and partisan control of state and federal legislatures.

Suggested Citation

Jones, Daniel and Troesken, Werner and Walsh, Randall, A Poll Tax by Any Other Name: the Political Economy of Disenfranchisement (December 2012). NBER Working Paper No. w18612. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2189730

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Randall Walsh

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