The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Institutional Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|January 2020||Are Political and Charitable Giving Substitutes? Evidence from the United States|
with Maria Petrova, Ricardo Perez-Truglia, Andrei Simonov: w26616
We provide evidence that individuals substitute between political contributions and charitable contributions, using micro data from the American Red Cross and Federal Election Commission. First, we find that foreign natural disasters, which are positive shocks to charitable giving, crowd out political giving. Second, we show that political advertisement campaigns, which are positive shocks to political giving, crowd out charitable giving. Our evidence suggests that individuals give to political and charitable causes to satisfy similar needs, and some of the drivers of charitable giving, such as other-regarding preferences, may be driving political giving too.
|April 2018||Women, Rails and Telegraphs: An Empirical Study of Information Diffusion and Collective Action|
with Camilo García-Jimeno, Angel Iglesias: w24495
How do social interactions shape collective action, and how are they mediated by the availability of networked information technologies? To answer these questions, we study the Temperance Crusade, one of the earliest instances of organized political mobilization by women in the U.S. This wave of protest activity against liquor dealers spread between the winter of 1873 and the summer of 1874, covering more than 800 towns in 29 states. We first provide causal evidence of social interactions driving the diffusion of the protest wave, and estimate the roles played by information traveling along railroad and telegraph networks. We do this by relying on exogenous variation in the rail network links generated by railroad worker strikes and railroad accidents. We also develop an event-study method...
|February 2017||Matching Pennies on the Campaign Trail: An Empirical Study of Senate Elections and Media Coverage|
with Camilo García-Jimeno: w23198
We study the strategic interaction between the media and Senate candidates during elections. While the media is instrumental for candidates to communicate with voters, candidates and media outlets have conflicting preferences over the contents of the reporting. In competitive electoral environments such as most US Senate races, this can lead to a strategic environment resembling a matching pennies game. Based on this observation, we develop a model of bipartisan races where media outlets report about candidates, and candidates make decisions on the type of constituencies to target with their statements along the campaign trail. We develop a methodology to classify news content as suggestive of the target audience of candidate speech, and show how data on media reports and poll results, tog...