Job Market Paper

"Urban Blues?  The Impact of Population Density on Electoral Preferences"

The correlation between income and voting is very different based on what part of the country a voter resides.  In rural areas, there is a high and negative correlation between income and probability of voting for a democratic presidential candidate, while in urban areas, the correlation is much weaker.  This paper shows that controlling for not only individual specific characteristics of voters but also geographic characteristics such as racial diversity, population density, and economic diversity, much of the regional differences between the effects of income on voting “disappears”.  One potential explanation for this geographical significance is in urban areas the high population density creates more interaction between economic classes that better allows more affluent individuals to observe the benefits associated with government redistribution more so than in a rural area.

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Wesley Harris,
Oct 8, 2014, 9:18 AM