Department of Economics and Business Economics

A fractionally cointegrated VAR analysis of economic voting and political support

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We use a fractionally cointegrated vector autoregressive model to examine the relationship between Canadian political support and macroeconomic conditions. This model is well suited for the analysis because it allows multiple fractional time series and admits simple asymptotic inference for the model parameters and tests of the hypotheses of interest. In the long-run equilibrium, we find that support for the Progressive Conservative Party was higher during periods of high interest rates and low unemployment, while support for the Liberal Party was higher during periods of low interest rates and high unemployment. We also test and reject the notion that party support is driven only by relative (to the United States) economic performance. Indeed, our findings suggest that US macroeconomic variables do not enter the long-run equilibrium of Canadian economic voting (political opinion poll support) at all.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCanadian Journal of Economics
Volume47
Issue4
Pages (from-to)1078–1130
ISSN0008-4085
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015

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