51 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2020 Last revised: 20 Nov 2020
Date Written: April 17, 2020
We introduce a framework to examine, both theoretically and empirically, electoral maldistricting. Maldistricting is defined as districting in pursuit of a policy at the expense of social welfare. Analysis is performed on the set of implementable (via some district map) legislatures, which are characterized geometrically (via majorization) and in information theoretic terms. The index of maldistricting that we propose aligns with courts' purported motivations for requesting redistricting in the three states that form our case study. The maldistricting we document favors Republicans over Democrats.
Keywords: maldistricting, electoral districting, gerrymandering
JEL Classification: D72, D82
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