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NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Overconfidence in Political Behavior

Pietro Ortoleva, Erik Snowberg

NBER Working Paper No. 19250
Issued in July 2013

---- Acknowledgements -----

We thank Stephen Ansolabehere, Marc Meredith, Chris Tausanovitch, and Christopher Warshaw for sharing their data. The authors are indebted to John Aldrich, Scott Ashworth, Larry Bartels, Roland Benabou, Jon Bendor, Adam Berinsky, Ethan Bueno de Mesquita, John Bullock, Steve Callander, Pedro Dal Bó, Ben Gillen, Faruk Gul, Gabe Lenz, Alessandro Lizzeri, John Matsusaka, Andrea Mattozzi, Antonio Merlo, Massimo Morelli, Steve Morris, Gerard Padró i Miquel, Wolfgang Pesendorfer, Matthew Rabin, Ken Shotts, Holger Sieg, Theda Skocpol, Mike Ting, Francesco Trebbi, Leeat Yariv, and Eric Zitzewitz for useful discussions. We also thank seminar participants at the AEA, the University of British Columbia, the University of Chicago, Columbia, Duke, Harvard, the IV Workshop on Institutions at CRENoS, the University of Maryland, MPSA, the NBER, the Nanyang Technological University, NYU, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, The Prioriat Workshop, USC, SPSA, and Washington University, St. Louis for thoughtful feedback. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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