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Entrepreneurship, the Electoral Connection, and Office Location: Estimating the Electoral Connection by Designing Stronger Instruments

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Entrepreneurship, the Electoral Connection, and Office Location: Estimating the Electoral Connection by Designing Stronger Instruments

DateMay 5, 2014

Time5:00am to 6:30am

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4357 Bunche Hall

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Both political science scholars as well as House members believe that being an effective representation will be electorally rewarded. In this paper we investigate the extent to which there exists an electoral connection with respect to legislative entrepreneurship. Using the freshmen House office lottery as an instrumental variable, we find little evidence that voters reward entrepreneurship (despite the observational evidence to the contrary) and discuss how methods designed to strengthen instrumental variables are appropriate in this context.

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