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Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

Monday, October 26, 2020
12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Strategic Party Resource Allocation in US Congressional Elections
Shunto Kobayashi, Graduate Student, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Caltech,

Abstract: Although there is a rich literature on the effect of campaign spending by candidates on election outcomes, the nature of party resource allocation has not been empirically investigated in depth. We wish to contribute to the literature by developing an empirical framework that incorporates party leaders' strategic problem of allocating funds to candidates. Our ultimate goal is to assess the impact of party resource allocation on elections while incorporating strategic incentives faced by candidates and parties. We present some preliminary results from our proof-of-concept model that is estimated by using the 2018 US House Election data. The results suggest that party elites invest in certain districts for reasons beyond their mere competitiveness.

Written with Danny Ebanks.

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