political business cycle theory with regression analysis.
Political business cycle: Do economic events affect presidental elections? To test this so-called political business cycle theorey, Gary Smith20 obtained the following regression results based on the U.S Presidental elections for the four yearly periods from 1928 to 1980.
YΛt = 53.10 - 1.70Xt
t = (34.10) (-2.67) r2 = 0.37
Where Y is the percentage of the vote received by the incumbent and X is the unemployment rate change - unemployment rate in an election year minus the unemployment rate in the preceding year.
1.A prior, what is the expected sign of X?
2. Elucidate the results support the political business cycle theory? Support your contention with appropriate calculations.
3.Do the results of the 1984 and 1988 presidential elections support the preceding theory?
4. describe how would you compute the standard errors of b1 and b2?