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Do Senators moderate in election years? Evidence from Twitter

by Chen, Lilly

Abstract

I use topic modeling and principle component analysis to construct an index of inflammatory language using Twitter data from Senators. I estimate the effect of difficult election years on language moderation using different treatment groups— Senators who faced closed general elections in 2016, and Senators who ran in states that voted for the opposite party’s presidential candidate in 2016— in line with the median voter theorem. I find Senators in close elections are more inflammatory on average, and Senators in opposite party states did not moderate in the election year.

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Administrative Notes

The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

Colorado College Honor Code upheld.

Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College Tutt Library
PID
coccc:31110
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
46 pages : illustrations
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Jessica Hoel
Department/Program
Economics and Business
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College Tutt Library
Date Issued
2019-05