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Seminar: Elliott Ash (ETH Zurich)

October 4, 2022 – 14.30h

HYBRID SEMINAR: Dimitrios Xefteris (University of Cyprus): “Voting in Shareholders Meetings”

HYBRID – 14.30h – SALA DE GRAUS

ONLINE SEMINAR: Galina Zudenkova (TU Dortmund University) – “Information and Communication Technologies, Protests, and Censorship”

14.30h – ONLINE

Xefteris, Dimitrios

HYBRID SEMINAR: Alexey Makarin (EIEF) – “Production Networks and War”

14.30H – HYBRID – SALA DE GRAUS

2021/07: Ignorance is bliss: voter education and alignment in distributive politics

Central politicians channel resources to sub-national entities for political gains. We show formally that the central politicians’ allocation decision has two drivers: political alignment (between central and local politicians) and the level of local political accountability. However, drivers count one at a time: alignment matters before local elections, while local political accountability matters before central elections. We then perform a test of our model using Brazilian data, which corroborates our results. Furthermore, we show and explain why political accountability becomes a curse: better educated districts receive fewer transfers in equilibrium.

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