, Volume 159, Issue 1-2, pp 197-218
Date: 02 Nov 2012

Location, location, location: the Davis-Hinich model of electoral competition

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The Davis-Hinich multidimensional model of electoral competition is the foundation for a very broad set of models in economics, political science, public choice and political economy. This essay reviews some of these models and how they build on and extend the original Davis-Hinich model. It also presents a new extension that makes individual preferences endogenous to the electoral process. The essay concludes with a discussion of the positive and normative implications of endogenous preferences and then returns to the basic theme of the central importance of the early Davis-Hinich papers.

Revised version of the Otto A. Davis Lecture. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, April 4, 2011.