Governments, Building, and Innovation

A Woman’s Voice in the House: Gender Composition and its Consequences in Committee Hearings

Do increasing numbers of women in Congress lead to more representation of women’s voices during the legislative process? Using committee hearing transcripts from 1995- 2017, we analyze how increasing the proportions of women interacts with measures of perceived power to affect a member’s participation in their committee by gender.

Does Homeownership Influence Political Behavior? Evidence from Administrative Data

We combine deed-level data on homeownership with administrative data on voter turnout in local and national elections for more than 18 million individuals in Ohio and North Carolina. Using a difference-in-differences design, we find that buying a home leads individuals to participate substantially more in local elections, on average.