Social Fragmentation, Public Goods and Elections: Evidence from China
AbstractThis study examines how the economic effects of elections in rural China depend on voter heterogeneity, for which we proxy with religious fractionalization. We first document religious composition and the introduction of village-level elections for a nearly nationally representative sample of over two hundred villages. Then, we examine the interaction effect of heterogeneity and the introduction of elections on village-government provision of public goods. The interaction effect is negative. We interpret this as evidence that voter heterogeneity constrains the potential benefits of elections for public goods provision.
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- Padro, Gerard & Qian, Nancy & Yao, Yang, 2013. "Social Fragmentation, Public Goods and Elections: Evidence from China," CEPR Discussion Papers 9278, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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