Identification and Estimation of Preference Distributions When Voters are Ideological

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Aureo de Paula

University College London - Department of Economics

Antonio Merlo

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics; Rice University

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Date Written: September 2015

Abstract

This paper studies the nonparametric identification and estimation of voters' preferences when voters are ideological. We establish that voter preference distributions and other parameters of interest can be identified from aggregate electoral data. We also show that these objects can be consistently estimated and illustrate our analysis by performing an actual estimation using data from the 1999 European Parliament elections.

Keywords: identification, nonparametric, Voronoi tessellation, voting

JEL Classification: C14, D72

Suggested Citation

de Paula, Aureo and Merlo, Antonio M., Identification and Estimation of Preference Distributions When Voters are Ideological (September 2015). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP10821, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2661550

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