War and Presidential Greatness

dc.contributor.authorHenderson, David
dc.contributor.authorGochenour, Zachary
dc.contributor.departmentBusiness & Public Policy (GSBPP)
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-25T16:44:58Z
dc.date.available2013-10-25T16:44:58Z
dc.date.issued2012-03-26
dc.descriptionThe article of record as published may be located at http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2029774en_US
dc.description.abstractHistorians and journalists commonly survey other historians on the relative greatness of American presidents, and these rankings show remarkable consis- tency between surveys. In this paper we consider commonalities between highly ranked presidents and compare plausible determinants of greatness according to historians. We nd that a strong predictor of greatness is the fraction of American lives lost in war during a presidents tenure. We nd this predictor to be robust and compare favorably to other predictors used in previous historical research. We discuss potential reasons for this correlation and conclude with a discussion of how historians views might a ect policy.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10945/37006
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.subject.authorAmerican historyen_US
dc.subject.authorPresidencyen_US
dc.subject.authorAmerican economic historyen_US
dc.titleWar and Presidential Greatnessen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dspace.entity.typePublication
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