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Title: Replication Data for: How Legislators Respond To Localized Economic Shocks: Evidence From Chinese Import Competition      
dateReleased:
04-30-2015
downloadURL: http://dx.doi.org/10.7910/DVN/PAKFM8
ID:
doi:10.7910/DVN/PAKFM8
description:
We explore the effects of localized economic shocks from trade on roll-call behavior and electoral outcomes in the U.S. House, 1990--2010. We demonstrate that economic shocks from Chinese import competition---first studied by Autor, Dorn, and Hanson (2013)---cause legislators to vote in the more protectionist direction on trade bills but cause no change in their voting on all other bills. At the same time, these shocks have no effect on the reelection rates of incumbents, the probability an incumbent faces a primary challenge, or the partisan control of the district. Though changes in economic conditions are likely to cause electoral turnover in many cases, incumbents exposed to negative economic shocks from trade appear able to fend off these effects in equilibrium by taking strategic positions on foreign-trade bills. In line with this view, we find that the effect on roll-call voting is strongest in districts where incumbents are most threatened, electorally. Taken together, these results paint a picture of responsive incumbents who tailor their roll-call positions on trade bills to the economic conditions in their districts.
description:
Feigenbaum, James; Hall, Andrew, 2015, "Replication Data for: How Legislators Respond To Localized Economic Shocks: Evidence From Chinese Import Competition", http://dx.doi.org/10.7910/DVN/PAKFM8, Harvard Dataverse, V1 [UNF:6:LusURNtBf4MM9H+USgUvpg==]
name:
Feigenbaum, James
Hall, Andrew
homePage: http://www.harvard.edu/
name:
Harvard University
ID:
SCR:011273
abbreviation:
DataVerse
homePage: http://thedata.org/
name:
Dataverse Network Project
ID:
SCR:001997