Comparing Presidents, Senators, and Justices: Inter-Institutional Preference Estimation

Posted: 18 Jul 2001  

Michael Bailey

Georgetown University - Department of Government

Kelly H. Chang

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

A major challenge in testing spatial, inter-institutional models is placing different sets of actors on a common preference scale. We address this challenge by presenting a random effects, panel probit method which we use to estimate the ideal points of presidents, senators, and Supreme Court justices on one scale. These estimates are comparable across time and institutions. We contrast our method with previously used methods and show that our method increases the ability to study interactions among different institutions.

Suggested Citation

Bailey, Michael and Chang, Kelly H., Comparing Presidents, Senators, and Justices: Inter-Institutional Preference Estimation. Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=272492

Michael Bailey

Georgetown University - Department of Government ( email )

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Kelly H. Chang (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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