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A Rational Choice Model for the Dakota Effect

  • Jac C. Heckelman (a1)

In a recent issue, Young and Sigelman (2008) present evidence of a “Dakota effect,” in which persons born in the Dakotas are disproportionately likely to represent their home state, other states, and also generate government spending directed toward the Dakotas. These authors are unable to explain the causal underpinnings for overrepresentation in Congress or the Dakotan natives' keen ability to direct pork back to these two states.

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Balla, Steven, Lawrence, Eric, Maltzman, Forrest, and Sigelman, Lee. 2002. “Partisanship, Blame Avoidance, and the Distribution of Legislative Pork.” American Journal of Political Science 46 (July): 515–25.
Green, Donald P., and Shapiro, Ian. 1994. Pathologies of Rational Choice Theory: A Critique of Applications in Political Science. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Heckelman, Jac C. 2007. “Explaining the Rain: The Rise and Decline of Nations after 25 Years.” Southern Economic Journal 74 (July): 1833.
Smith, Adam K. 1976. Personal correspondence to author.
Young, Garry, and Sigelman, Lee. 2008. “The Dakota Effect.” PS: Political Science and Politics 16 (April): 349–53.
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PS: Political Science & Politics
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  • EISSN: 1537-5935
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