Just Hire your Spouse! Evidence from a Political Scandal in Bavaria
We investigate a case of political favoritism. Some members of the Bavarian parliament hired relatives as office employees who were paid using taxpayersâ€™ money. We examine whether being involved in the scandal influenced re-election prospects and voter turnout. The results do not show that being involved in the scandal influenced the outcome and voter turnout of the 2013 state elections. We propose three explanations: (i) the Bavarian state election was a test run for the German federal election; (ii) the state government made a quite good job of clarifying failings; (iii) in June 2013, a very heavy bout of flooding eclipsed the political scandal.
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