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The Incumbency Effects of Signalling
Harvard University, USA.
2014 (English)In: Economica, ISSN 0013-0427, E-ISSN 1468-0335, Vol. 81, no 323, 397-418 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Much literature on political behaviour treats politicians as motivated by re-election, choosing actions to signal their types to voters. We identify a novel implication of incumbent signalling. Because incumbents only care about clearing a re-election hurdle, signals will tend to cluster just above the threshold needed for re-election. This generates a skew distribution of signals leading to an incumbency advantage in the probability of election. We also solve for the optimal threshold when voters have the ability to commit.

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2014. Vol. 81, no 323, 397-418 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-112490DOI: 10.1111/ecca.12060OAI: diva2:779271
Available from: 2015-01-12 Created: 2015-01-12 Last updated: 2015-02-10Bibliographically approved

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