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Electoral rules, political competition and fiscal spending: regression discontinuity evidence from brazilian municipalities

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  • Chamon, Marcos
  • M. P. De Mello, João
  • Firpo, Sergio Pinheiro

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We exploit a discontinuity in Brazilian municipal election rules to investigate whetherpolitical competition has a causal impact on policy choices. In municipalities with less than200,000 voters mayors are elected with a plurality of the vote. In municipalities with morethan 200,000 voters a run-off election takes place among the top two candidates if neitherachieves a majority of the votes. At a first stage, we show that the possibility of runoffincreases political competition. At a second stage, we use the discontinuity as a source ofexogenous variation to infer causality from political competition to fiscal policy. Our secondstage results suggest that political competition induces more investment and less currentspending, particularly personnel expenses. Furthermore, the impact of political competition islarger when incumbents can run for reelection, suggesting incentives matter insofar asincumbents can themselves remain in office.

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Paper provided by Escola de Economia de São Paulo, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil) in its series Textos para discussão with number 208.

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