Elections, uncertainty and irreversible investment

Brandice Canes-Wrone, Jee Kwang Park

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Abstract

This article argues that the policy uncertainty generated by elections encourages private actors to delay investments that entail high costs of reversal, creating pre-election declines in the associated sectors. Moreover, this incentive depends on the competitiveness of the race and the policy differences between the major parties/candidates. These arguments are tested using new survey and housing market data from the United States. The survey analysis assesses whether respondents' perceptions of presidential candidates' policy differences increased the likelihood that they would delay certain purchases and actions. The housing market analysis examines whether elections are associated with a pre-election decline in economic activity, and whether any such decline depends on electoral competitiveness. The results support the predictions and cannot be explained by existing theories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-106
Number of pages24
JournalBritish Journal of Political Science
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Elections, uncertainty and irreversible investment. / Canes-Wrone, Brandice; Park, Jee Kwang.

In: British Journal of Political Science, Vol. 44, No. 1, 01.2014, p. 83-106.

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Canes-Wrone, Brandice ; Park, Jee Kwang. / Elections, uncertainty and irreversible investment. In: British Journal of Political Science. 2014 ; Vol. 44, No. 1. pp. 83-106.
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