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|
|Programme Areas:||Public Economics, Industrial Organization|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=10821|
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.