Front-Door Difference-in-Differences Estimators: The Effects of Early In-person Voting on Turnout (joint work with Konstantin Kashin)

Presenter: Adam Glynn

Abstract: In this paper, we develop front-door difference-in-differences estimators that utilize information from post-treatment variables in addition to information from pre-treatment covariates. Even when the front-door criterion does not hold, these estimators allow the identification of causal effects by utilizing assumptions that are analogous to standard difference-in-differences assumptions. We also demonstrate that causal effects can be bounded by front-door and front-door difference-in-differences estimators under relaxed assumptions. We illustrate these points with an application to the effects of early in-person voting on turnout. Despite recent claims that early voting had a negative effect on turnout in 2008, we find evidence that early in-person voting had small positive effects on turnout in Florida in 2008 and 2012.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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See also: 2014