Jesse Yoder


About Me

I am currently a Research Scientist at Meta. Prior to joining Meta, I received a Ph.D. in political science at Stanford University.

My research studies the political economy of elections and voting behavior in the United States, focusing on how and when individuals choose to participate in politics, and how these factors contribute to inequality in political participation and representation.

I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics.


How Homeownership Changes Political Behavior: Evidence from Administrative Data (with Andy Hall). Forthcoming, Journal of Politics.

The Durable Differential Deterrent Effects of Strict Photo Identification Laws (with Justin Grimmer). Forthcoming, Political Science Research and Methods.

Economic Distress and Voting: Evidence from the Subprime Mortgage Crisis (with Andy Hall and Nishant Karandikar). 2021. Political Science Research and Methods 9(2): 327-344. (Replication Files).

Does Property Ownership Lead to Participation in Local Politics? Evidence from Property Records and Meeting Minutes. 2020. American Political Science Review 114(4): 1213-1229. (Replication Files).

Universal Vote-by-Mail Has No Impact on Partisan Turnout or Vote Share (with Dan Thompson, Jen Wu, and Andy Hall). 2020. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 117(25): 14052-14056. (Replication Files).

Voting But for the Law: Evidence from Virginia on Photo Identification Requirements (with Dan Hopkins, Marc Meredith, Michael Morse, and Sarah Smith). 2017. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 14(1): 79-128. (Replication Files).

Working Papers

How Wealthy Are Local Elected Officials? Evidence from Candidates' Housing Wealth

Do Government Benefits Affect Officeholders' Electoral Fortunes? Evidence from State Earned Income Tax Credits (with Hunter Rendleman). Revise and Resubmit, American Political Science Review.

How Did Absentee Voting Affect the 2020 U.S. Election? (with Sandy Handan-Nader, Andy Myers, Toby Nowacki, Dan Thompson, Jen Wu, Chenoa Yorgason, and Andy Hall). Under Review.

Are Dead People Voting By Mail? Evidence From Washington State Administrative Records. (with Jen Wu, Chenoa Yorgason, Hanna Folsz, Sandy Handan-Nader, Andy Myers, Toby Nowacki, Dan Thompson, and Andy Hall). Under Review.

How Polling Place Changes Reduce Turnout: Evidence from Administrative Data in North Carolina Under Review.

Who Becomes a Member of Congress? Evidence from De-Anonymized Census Data (with Dan Thompson, James Feigenbaum, and Andy Hall)


A copy of my CV is available here.