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Identification and estimation of preference distributions when voters are ideological

  • Antonio Merlo

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Áureo de Paula


    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University College London)

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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Paper provided by Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies in its series CeMMAP working papers with number CWP51/13.

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Date of creation: 08 Oct 2013
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