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Patterns of Voting on Ballot Propositions: A Mixture Model of Voter Types

Dubin, Jeffrey A. and Gerber, Elisabeth R. (1992) Patterns of Voting on Ballot Propositions: A Mixture Model of Voter Types. Social Science Working Paper, 795. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

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In this paper we analyze the patterns of behavior voters exhibit over a set of votes. We explore a set of structural estimation problems that involve analyzing several votes at one time and develop estimation techniques for identifying and analyzing patterns. Using the information in these patterns, we introduce a method for studying voter heterogeneity based on a finite mixture model. Finally, we employ data containing actual micro-level vote returns to estimate the mixture model parameters.

Item Type:Report or Paper (Working Paper)
Additional Information:We thank Ken McCue for help in obtaining the data and Henry Brady, Bruce Cain, Skip Lupia, David Grether, Rod Kiewiet, and Doug Rivers for helpful comments.
Group:Social Science Working Papers
Series Name:Social Science Working Paper
Issue or Number:795
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Deposited By: Jacquelyn Bussone
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