The Revolution Against Affirmative Action in California: Politics, Economics, and Proposition 209
Alvarez, R. Michael
Butterfield, Tara L.
We consider two possible explanations --- economic anxiety and racial
division --- for the appeal of Proposition 209 to California voters
during the 1996 election. To test these hypotheses, we analyze voter
exit poll data from teh 1996 California election. We utiliize a two--stage
logit model to allow for the endogeneity of candidate endorsements. We
find support for the second of our two hypotheses, which leads us to
conclude that racial division fueled by a fear of arbitrary exclusion
prompted voter support for Proposition 209.
generalized extreme value
race and politics
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