Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/108983
Authors: 
Arnold, Felix
Freier, Ronny
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
DIW Discussion Papers 1463
Abstract: 
In this short note, we use data from different elections in the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia between 1975 and 2010 to show that the social democrats generally profit from higher voter turnout at the expense of the conservatives. We deal with the endogeneity of voter turnout by using election day rain as an instrumental variable. Our particular contribution is the comparison of municipal and state elections.
Subjects: 
Turnout
Partisan Effects
Rain
Germany
Municipalities
Elections
JEL: 
D72
H70
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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