Do Better Committee Assignments Meaningfully Benefit Legislators? Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in the Arkansas State Legislature

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Daniel Butler, David E. Broockman

Suggested citation: 

Broockman, D.E. & Butler, D. (2015) Replication materials for ‘Do Better Committee Assignments Meaningfully Benefit Legislators? Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in the Arkansas State Legislature,’ ISPS Data Archive.

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Carsey, Thomas M., William D. Berry, Richard G. Niemi, Lynda W. Powell, and James M. Snyder. 2007. STATE LEGISLATIVE ELECTION RETURNS, 1967-2003.; Arkansas Secretary of State’s website;; Arkansas Legislative Digest; US Census

Field date: 
December 31, 2015
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Unit of observation: 
Sample size: 
Arkansas state legislators
Randomization procedure: 
A lottery within the Arkansas legislature randomly assigns officials to a seniority number within their cohort. They are randomized their first year in office.
The legislators chose their own committee assignments in order of the seniority numbers.
Treatment administration: 
In person, as part of a lottery in the legislative chamber.
Outcome measures: 
chamber leadership,legislators' electoral success,policy productivity
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Data file numbersort descending Description File format Size File url
D125F01 Dataset - Committee Data Stata (13.0) .dta 1432576 Download file
D125F02 Dataset - ARCensusData Stata (13.0) .dta 8192 Download file
D125F03 Dataset - Committee Data .csv 829440 Download file
D125F04 Dataset - ARCensusData .csv 9216 Download file
D125F07 Program file - analysis Stata (13.0) .do 13312 Download file
D125F08 Program file - balance test Stata (13.0) .do 1024 Download file
D125F09 Output File - Tab3 Adobe Acrobat (10.0.3) .pdf 49152 Download file
D125F10 Output File - TabA1 Adobe Acrobat (10.0.3) .pdf 44032 Download file
D125F11 Output File - TabA2 Adobe Acrobat (10.0.3) .pdf 52224 Download file
D125F12 Output File - TabA3 Adobe Acrobat (10.0.3) .pdf 52224 Download file
D125F13 Output File - Tab3 .csv 30720 Download file
D125F14 Output File - TabA1 .csv 8192 Download file
D125F15 Output File - TabA2 .csv 48128 Download file
D125F16 Output File - TabA3 .csv 48128 Download file
D125F17 Supplementary Materials - Appendix Adobe Acrobat (10.0.3) .pdf 371712 Download file
D125F18 Supplementary Materials - HouseCommitteeAttractiveness graphic Stata (13.0) .gph 19456 Download file
D125F19 Supplementary Materials - probBest graphic Stata (13.0) .gph 140288 Download file
D125F20 Supplementary Materials - probWorst graphic Stata (13.0) .gph 97280 Download file
D125F21 Supplementary Materials - scoreBest graphic Stata (13.0) .gph 32768 Download file
D125F22 Supplementary Materials - scoreWorst graphic Stata (13.0) .gph 32768 Download file
D125F23 Supplementary Materials - SenateCommitteeAttractiveness graphic Stata (13.0) .gph 18432 Download file
D125F25 Metadata (DDI 3.2) .xml 1109128 Download file