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Identification and estimation of preference distributions when voters are ideological

Authors: Antonio Merlo and Áureo de Paula
Date: 02 September 2015
Type: cemmap Working Paper, CWP50/15
DOI: 10.1920/wp.cem.2015.5015

Abstract

This paper studies the nonparametric identification and estimation of voters' preferences when voters are ideological. We establish that voter preference distributions and other parameters of interest can be identified from aggregate electoral data. We also show that these objects can be consistently estimated and illustrate our analysis by performing an actual estimation using data from the 1999 European Parliament elections.

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Antonio Merlo and Áureo de Paula October 2013, Identification and estimation of preference distributions when voters are ideological, cemmap Working Paper, CWP51/13, Institute for Fiscal Studies

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