Measuring elite personality using speech

Adam J. 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
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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