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Identification and Estimation of Preference Distributions When Voters Are Ideological

Merlo, A; De Paula Neto, AN; (2017) Identification and Estimation of Preference Distributions When Voters Are Ideological. The Review of Economic Studies , 84 (3) pp. 1238-1263. 10.1093/restud/rdw046. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper studies the nonparametric identification and estimation of voters' preferences when voters are ideological. We build on the methods introduced by Degan and Merlo (2009) representing elections as Voronoi tessellations of the ideological space. We exploit the properties of this geometric structure to establish that voter preference distributions and other parameters of interest can be identi ed from aggregate electoral data. We also show that these objects can be consistently estimated using the methodology proposed by Ai and Chen (2003) and we illustrate our analysis by performing an actual estimation using data from the 1999 European Parliament elections.

Type: Article
Title: Identification and Estimation of Preference Distributions When Voters Are Ideological
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/restud/rdw046
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1093/restud/rdw046
Language: English
Additional information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in The Review of Economic Studies following peer review. The version of record Merlo, A; De Paula Neto, AN; (2016) Identification and Estimation of Preference Distributions When Voters Are Ideological. The Review of Economic Studies is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/restud/rdw046
Keywords: Voting, voronoi tessellation, identification, nonparametric
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1328218
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