Do swing voters ensure higher growth?4 min read . Updated: 04 May 2016, 10:37 AM IST
They contribute towards strengthening of the economy as well democratic institutions and practices
Given the ongoing assembly elections, the issue of effectiveness of choice made by voters has once again come to the forefront. In a recent working paper (Democracy and Economic Growth: Do Swing Voters Make a Difference? by Prasanna Tantri, Abhishek Bharadwaj and Nagaraju Thota), we examine the effectiveness of electoral choice exercised by swing voters. We find that the representatives supported by swing voters outperform significantly with respect to both constituency-level outcomes as well as measures based on individual effort.
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