Technology, Economic Booms, and Politics: Evidence from Fracking
34 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2015 Last revised: 27 Mar 2019
Date Written: March 20, 2019
Hydraulic fracking generated unexpected shale oil and gas booms. After these booms, voter support for Republicans rises, leading Republicans to win seats from Democrats. Roll-call voting by House members becomes more conservative after shale across issues extending beyond energy or the economy. The results suggest that changes in preferences on specific issues can have broad spillover effects across a wide range of policy outcomes.
Keywords: Voter Preferences, Technology, Shale, Political Change, Political Economy
JEL Classification: D72, G38, P16
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