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Selection and Incentive Effects of Elections: Evidence from State Supreme Courts

Elliott Ash, W. Bentley MacLeod

NBER Working Paper No. 22071
Issued in March 2016, Revised in May 2019

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Previously circulated as "The Performance of Elected Officials: Evidence from State Supreme Courts." We thank Yisehak Abraham, Ankeet Ball, Josh Brown, Josh Burton, Matthew Buck, Eammonn Campbell, Zoey Chopra, Daniel Deibler, Seth Fromer, Gohar Harutyunyan, Archan Hazra, Montague Hung, Dong Hyeun, Mithun Kamath, James Kim, Michael Kurish, Jennifer Kutsunai, Steven Lau, Sharon Liao, Sarah MacDougall, Sam Meshoyrer, Justin McNamee, Sourabh Mishra, Brendan Moore, Arielle Napoli, Karen Orchansky, Bryn Paslawski, Olga Peshko, Quinton Robbins, Ricardo Rogriguez, Jerry Shi, Shawn Shi, Carol Shou, Alex Swift, Holly Toczko, Tom Verderame, Sam Waters, Sophie Wilkowske, John Yang, Geoffrey Zee, Fred Zhu, and Jon Zytnick for their meticulous help in assembling data and other research assistance. We thank Daniel Chen, Tom Clark, John Ferejohn, Sanford Gordon, Chris, Hanretty, Jon Kastellec, Lewis Kornhauser, Eric Posner and the participants at Princeton University Conference on Bureaucrats, SIOE meetings at Harvard Law School, NYU Law and Economics Workshop, and Conference on Empirical Legal Studies in Europe for helpful comments. Columbia University’s Program for Economic Research, Columbia Law School, and the National Science Foundation Grant SES-1260875 provided financial support for this research. 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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