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Presidential Studies Quarterly Accepts Dr. Kris-Stella Trump’s Paper for Publication

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Dr. Kris-Stella  Trump

Dr. Kris-Stella Trump’s paper “The Polarizing Effect of the Stimulus: Partisanship and Voter Responsiveness to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” was recently accepted for publication by Presidential Studies Quarterly.

The paper, co-authored with Katherine Einstein and Vanessa Williamson, examines the effect of a sudden influx of government spending through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to support the President’s party. Using a difference-in-differences design, they found that stimulus spending had a modest positive effect on Democratic vote share, but only in counties that were already Democratic-leaning. In Republican counties, government spending had a small, but significant negative effect on Democratic vote share. These results have important implications for the study of voter responsiveness to government spending and the measurement of the political effects of policy visibility.

Read the entire paper here.

Dr. Kris-Stella Trump is a Research Associate in IMPAQ’s Human Services Division. She has five years of professional experience in quantitative research, including regression analysis, methods of causal inference, and the design and execution of randomized experiments.