CSES at MPSA 2019

The 2019 annual conference of the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) will take place in Chicago,  April 4-7, 2019. If you’re planning to attend, you may be interested in the sessions listed below, which make use of CSES data.

If you are making a presentation which makes use of CSES data and it does not appear here, please let us know via email: cses@umich.edu.

The conference will be held at the Palmer House Hilton. When you arrive at MPSA, please verify the below room locations in the final conference program, as they are subject to change.

Friday, April 5, 2019


Panel: Election campaigns

9:45 to 11:15am, Sandburg 4

Presentation: Inequality, Policy Polarization, and the Income Gap in Turnout
Matthew Polacko, Royal Holloway, University of London

I investigate the contingent nature of income inequality on turnout, by examining the redistributive policy options that are presented to the electorate, via CSES data in 29 advanced democracies and 98 elections from 1996-2016.

Panel: Making Electoral Research Comparative and Longitudinal: Evidence from the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) Project

1:15 to 2:45pm, Salon 3

This panel on comparative political behavior is dedicated to research using CSES data . It is chaired by Martin Okolikj. Elizabeth Zechmeister and Laura Stephenson serve as discussants.

The panel includes three presentations:

Presentation: Inequality and Redistribution as Positional Economic Issues in Shaping Citizens’ Vote
Slaven Zivkovic, GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

In line with the evolving research agenda on economic voting, this paper analyzes the positional economic dimension to establish the link between attitudes towards redistribution, inequality and support for incumbents using CSES Module 4.

Presentation: Partisanship, the GFC, and Economic Voting: A micro-macro perspective on the endogeneity problem
Martin Okolikj, Postdoctoral Researcher; Michael S. Lewis-Black, University of Iowa; Steve Quinlan, GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.

Using 20 years of data from the CSES and ESS, our paper demonstrates that economic shocks like the Global Financial Crisis can alter partisanship, implying that endogeneity concerns regarding valence economic models may be overstated.

Presentation: Voters’ electoral outcome utility
Andre Blais, University of Montreal; Vincent Arel-Bundock, McGill University; Ruth Dassonneville, University of Montreal; Eric Gunterman, University of California-Berkeley; Jean-Francois Laslier, Paris School of Economics.

Using CSES, this paper explores whether individual’s socio-demographic profile and macro features like the electoral system affects her electoral outcome utility, defined as when the party that she likes obtains all the seats in parliament/cabinet.

Panel: Models of Voter Utility

3:00 to 4:30pm, Sandburg 3

Presentation: Expectations versus Prospects. Voter Utility in Theoretical and Empirical Perspective
Guido Tiemann, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna

We apply prospect theory to comparative election data derived from the CSES project. The data analysis reveals that prospect theory clearly outperforms the established expected utility approach in accounting for vote choice.

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