The Role of Campaign War Chest in Congressional Careers
The main goal of this paper is to investigate the role of campaign fund in congressional careers. To achieve this goal, we specify a dynamic model of career decisions of a member of Congress. In particular, we model how the amount of campaign funds raised affects the probability of winning elections, which in turn have influences on decisions to run for reelection, run for higher office or exit Congress. We estimate this model using a newly collected data set. Given the estimates of the structural model, we assess how limits on the amount of funds politicians can raise and then spend on election affect probabilities of winning elections, as well as their career decisions
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