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Title: Replication data for: Substituting the End for the Whole: Why Voters Respond Primarily to the Election-Year Economy      
dateReleased:
03-31-2015
downloadURL: http://hdl.handle.net/1902.1/21396
ID:
hdl:1902.1/21396
description:
According to numerous studies, the election-year economy influences presidential election results far more than cumulative growth throughout the term. Here we describe a series of surveys and experiments that point to an intriguing explanation for voter behavior that runs contrary to the standard explanations political science has offered, but one that accords with a large psychological literature. Voters, we find, actually intend to judge presidents on cumulative growth. However, since that characteristic is not readily available to them, voters inadvertently substitute election-year performance because it is more easily accessible. This “end-heuristic” explanation for voters’ election-year emphasis reflects a general tendency for people to simplify retrospective assessments by substituting conditions at the end for the whole. The end heuristic explanation also suggests a remedy, a way to align voters’ actions with their intentions. Providing people with the attribute they are seeking—cumulative growth—eliminates the election-year emphasis.
description:
Healy, Andrew; Lenz, Gabriel, 2013, "Replication data for: Substituting the End for the Whole: Why Voters Respond Primarily to the Election-Year Economy", http://hdl.handle.net/1902.1/21396, Harvard Dataverse, V2
name:
Healy, Andrew
Lenz, Gabriel
homePage: http://www.harvard.edu/
name:
Harvard University
ID:
SCR:011273
abbreviation:
DataVerse
homePage: http://thedata.org/
name:
Dataverse Network Project
ID:
SCR:001997