What does it Take for Congress to Enact Good Policies? Unpacking Institutions and Electoral Concerns

Citation:

Iaryczower, Matias, and Gabriel Katz. “What does it Take for Congress to Enact Good Policies? Unpacking Institutions and Electoral Concerns.” Economics & Politics 28, no. 1 (2016): 79-104.
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Date Published:

August

Abstract:

In this paper, we study the conditions under which members of Congress incorporate policy-specic information in their voting decisions. To do this, we estimate an empirical model that accounts for uncertainty and private information about the quality of the proposal. We show that seniority and uncompetitive elections lead to higher ideological rigidity, and curtail the role of information in policy-making. 

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