"Urban Blues? The Impact of Population Density on Electoral Preferences"A PDF Version of my paper can be downloaded below
Above average income earners who live in densely populated urban settings are more likely to vote democratic than their rural counterparts. One potential explanation for this there is a greater degree of interaction between upper and lower classes in densely populated areas. This proximity allows more affluent individuals to better observe the benefits associated with government redistribution that would not be present if the same person lived in a sparsely populated rural area. This paper investigates the degree to which this situation explains the electoral success of Democratic Presidential candidates in urban areas. Empirical results suggest that a one standard deviation increase in population density in a given area, holding income inequality constant, will increase the probability of voting for the Democratic candidate by approximately 8.1 to 8.6 percentage points and jumps to an increase of 11.6 percentage points when only the top half of income earners are included in the sample.