Measuring elite personality using speech

Adam Ramey, Jonathan D. Klingler, Gary E. Hollibaugh

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We apply recent advances in machine learning to measure Congressmember personality traits using floor speeches from 1996 to 2014. We also demonstrate the superiority of text-based measurement over survey-based measurement by showing that personality traits are correlated with survey response rates for members of Congress. Finally, we provide one empirical application showcasing the importance of personality on congressional behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-184
Number of pages22
JournalPolitical Science Research and Methods
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Measuring elite personality using speech. / Ramey, Adam; Klingler, Jonathan D.; Hollibaugh, Gary E.

In: Political Science Research and Methods, Vol. 7, No. 1, 01.01.2019, p. 163-184.

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Ramey, Adam ; Klingler, Jonathan D. ; Hollibaugh, Gary E. / Measuring elite personality using speech. In: Political Science Research and Methods. 2019 ; Vol. 7, No. 1. pp. 163-184.
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