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Do Businessmen Make Good Governors?

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This paper empirically evaluates the economic performance of U.S. state governors who came to the position from a business background (CEO governors), focusing on income growth, unemployment, private investment, and income inequality. Methodologically, I apply a matching method to account for the endogeneity of political selection. I find that the tenures of CEO governors are associated with a 0.6 percentage points higher annual income growth rate, a 0.4 pp higher growth rate of the private capital stock, and a 0.6 percentage points lower unemployment rate than are the tenures of non-CEO governors. Income inequality decreases when CEO governors hold office.

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  • Florian Neumeier, 2016. "Do Businessmen Make Good Governors?," ifo Working Paper Series 230, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.
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