New study challenges political research showing stronger economies under Democratic presidents

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Scattered works by political scientists since the 1970s have reported that Democratic presidents have compiled stronger economic records than their Republican counterparts: economic growth has been higher, unemployment lower, and inequality has fallen during Democratic administrations while the opposite outcomes have occurred under Republican presidents. Recently, however, Campbell has vigorously challenged these findings.

An article by Michael Comiskey & Lawrence Marsh reexamines the data for 1949-2009 using new methods and measures, and confirms the earlier findings for unemployment and real gross domestic product (GDP).

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