Neil Malhotra

Professor of Political Economy

Graduate School of Business
Stanford University
655 Knight Way
Stanford, CA 94305-7298
(408) 772-7969
neilm (at)
Home C.V. Areas of Research
Selected Publications
Working Papers
Retrospective Voting and
the Politics of Natural Disasters

My research on retrospective voting explores how citizens evaluate government performance and the social consequences of this voting behavior. I have specifically focused on two questions: (1) What is the normative benchmark for how voters should assess elected officials given that sometimes voters can be too responsive to events and policy outcomes; and (2) How does retrospective voting affect social welfare via policymaking?

Please find links to his publications in this research area below:

Graham, Matthew, Gregory Huber, Neil Malhotra, and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo. In press. ``Irrelevant Events and Voting Behavior: Replications Using Principles from Open Science." Journal of Politics.

Fair, C. Christine, Patrick Kuhn, Neil Malhotra, and Jacob Shapiro. 2017. "Natural Disasters and Political Engagement: Evidence from the 2010-11 Pakistani Floods." Quarterly Journal of Political Science. 12(1): 99-141.

Malhotra, Neil, and Yotam Margalit. 2014. “Expectation Setting and Retrospective Voting." Journal of Politics. 76(4): 1000-1016.

Healy, Andrew, Alexander Kuo, and Neil Malhotra. 2014. “Partisan Bias in Blame Attribution: When Does It Occur?" Journal of Experimental Political Science. 1(2): 144-158.

Healy, Andrew, and Neil Malhotra. 2013. “Retrospective Voting Reconsidered." Annual Review of Political Science. 16: 285-306.

Healy, Andrew, and Neil Malhotra. 2010. “Random Events, Economic Losses, and Retrospective Voting: Implications for Democratic Competence." Quarterly Journal of Political Science. 5(2): 193-208.

Healy, Andrew J., Neil Malhotra, and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo. 2010. “Irrelevant Events Affect Voters' Evaluations of Government Performance." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 107(29): 12804-12809.

Healy, Andrew, and Neil Malhotra. 2009. “Myopic Voters and Natural Disaster Policy." American Political Science Review. 103(3): 387-406.

Malhotra, Neil, and Alexander G. Kuo. 2009. “Emotions as Moderators of Information Cue Use: Citizen Attitudes towards Hurricane Katrina." American Politics Research. 37(2): 301-326.

Malhotra, Neil, and Alexander G. Kuo. 2008. “Attributing Blame: The Public's Response to Hurricane Katrina." Journal of Politics. 70(1): 120-135.

Malhotra, Neil. 2008. “Partisan Polarization and Blame Attribution in a Federal System: The Case of Hurricane Katrina." Publius: The Journal of Federalism. 38(4): 651-670.

Malhotra, Neil, and Jon A. Krosnick. 2007. “Retrospective and Prospective Performance Assessments during the 2004 Election Campaign: Tests of Mediation and News Media Priming." Political Behavior. 29(2): 249-278.