|Date:||01 July 2017|
|Authors:||Antonio Merlo and Áureo de Paula|
|Published in:||The Review of Economic Studies , Vol. 84, No. 3, pp. 2138-2168|
This article studies the non-parametric identification and estimation of voters’ preferences when voters are ideological. We establish that voter preference distributions and other parameters of interest can be identified from aggregate electoral data. We also show that these objects can be consistently estimated and illustrate our analysis by performing an actual estimation using data from the 1999 European Parliament elections.