DP10821 Identification and Estimation of Preference Distributions When Voters Are Ideological

Author(s): Áureo De Paula, Antonio Merlo
Publication Date: September 2015
Keyword(s): identification, nonparametric, Voronoi tessellation, voting
JEL(s): C14, D72
Programme Areas: Public Economics, Industrial Organization
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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.