Gabor Simonovits

Department of Political Science

Experiments About Economic Voting

While there is a plethora of conflicting evidence on the effect of percieved economic conditions on presidential approval and voting partisan bias in perceptions make it difficult to make causal inferences. I propose an experimental design that seeks to manipulate the perceptions of the economy and using the downstream of the experiment infer to the effect of economic perceptions on approval. I randomly assign participants positive and negative information about the economy to see how this random disturbance in perceptions translate to political attitudes.