Replication Materials for David E. Broockman (2013), ‘Do Congressional Candidates Have Reverse Coattails? Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design.’ http://hdl.handle.net/10079/dz08m2r. ISPS Data Archive.
Data source information:
October 29, 2010
All 50 US states
Unit of observation:
Gathered data on legislators’ races and email addresses in mid-2010 from public state legislative websites for all 50 states and sent every state legislator (N=6,928); 297 observations were dropped as the emails immediately bounced as undeliverable; Also excluded all 713 legislators like this Houston legislator who might have received letters via their colleagues by virtue of representing one of the 100 places with names I used to construct the treatments; all remaining 334 legislators in Georgia and Indiana were excluded because legislators in these states share staff, rendering it unclear to which legislator the replies should be credited. Resulting in 5,593 usable observations.
Randomly assigned each legislator to the in- and out-of-district treatment groups with block randomization on state, party, and race.
An email asking for help enrolling in state unemployment benefits. The emails all came from the alias Tyrone Washington, which strongly signals being black. Tyrone purported to live in, randomly, either a city in each legislator’s district or a city far from each legislator’s district.
Recieved a reply,reply recieved was helpful
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