The Usefulness of Corruptible Elections
AbstractUsing a sample of rural Chines villages which have recently been the subject of democratic reforms we look for the relationship between marginal changes in the democratic process and marginal changes in economic outcomes. We find that even very poorly conducted elections can have large incentive effects. That is, even corruptible elections provide leaders with strong incentives to act in the interests of their constituents. Our findings also allow us to rank the imiprotance of four possible election reforms which have attracted the attention of international observers and academic researchers.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Toronto, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number tecipa-233.
Length: 35 pages
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- Loren Brandt & Matthew A. Turner, 2003. "The Usefulness of Corruptible Elections," Working Papers brandt-03-01, University of Toronto, Department of Economics.
- Loren Brandt & Matthew Turner, 2003. "The Usefulness of Corruptible Elections," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series 2003-602, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
- H0 - Public Economics - - General
- H7 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations
- D7 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making
- Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
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