Daniel B. Jones
Department of Economics
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|December 2012||A Poll Tax by any Other Name: The Political Economy of Disenfranchisement|
with Werner Troesken, Randall Walsh: w18612
In this paper, we examine the political economy of voting rights in the American South. We begin by measuring the impact of both formal laws and informal modes of voter suppression on African-American political participation. In contrast to prior research, we find evidence that both formal and informal modes of voter suppression were important and mutually reinforcing. Part of our analysis includes explicitly identifying the magnitude and causal effects of lynching on black voter participation. We then turn to analyzing to the relatively unexplored question of how disenfranchisement-and the accompanying shifts in political power-affected policy outcomes, congressional voting, and partisan control of state and federal legislatures.