Identification and estimation of preference distributions when voters are ideological

Antonio Merlo, Áureo De Paula

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    This article studies the non-parametric 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.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1238-1263
    Number of pages26
    JournalReview of Economic Studies
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - 2017


    • Identification
    • Non-parametric
    • Voronoi tessellation
    • Voting

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics and Econometrics


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