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Replication data for: Friends in High Places

Version
V0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Cohen, Lauren
  • Malloy, Christopher J.
Publication Date
2014-01-02
Description
  • Abstract

    We demonstrate that personal connections amongst US politicians have a significant impact on Senate voting behavior. Networks based on alumni connections between politicians are consistent predictors of voting behavior. We estimate sharp measures that control for common characteristics of the network, as well as heterogeneous impacts of a common network characteristic across votes. We find that the effect of alumni networks is close to 60 percent as large as the effect of state-level considerations. We show that politicians use school ties as a mechanism to engage in vote trading ("logrolling"), and that alumni networks help facilitate the procurement of discretionary earmarks.
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Relations
  • Is supplemented by
    DOI: 10.1257/pol.6.3.63 (Text)
Publications
  • Cohen, Lauren, and Christopher J. Malloy. “Friends in High Places.” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 6, no. 3 (August 2014): 63–91. https://doi.org/10.1257/pol.6.3.63.
    • ID: 10.1257/pol.6.3.63 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2019-10-13 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-10-13

Cohen, Lauren; Malloy, Christopher J. (2014): Replication data for: Friends in High Places. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E114873