Dissertation Project

My dissertation investigates the relationship between campaign finance and political polarization. The main portion of the project consists of three papers. 

A Model of Candidate Ideology with Endogenous Fundraising

I begin by modeling the relationship between campaign finance regulations and candidate ideology.  From this model I derive predictions regarding the connection between fundraising, contribution limits, and polarization.  

A New Dynamic Measure of Legislator Ideology

I then create new dynamic ideal point estimates of over 40,000 state legislators in 50 states over 15 years.  

Do Campaign Finance Regulations Affect Polarization?

Using these ideology measures, I empirically test the results of my model, showing that contribution limits affect political polarization.