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My (Running) Mate, the Mayor: Political Ties and Access to Public Jobs in Ecuador


  • Brassiolo, Pablo
  • Estrada, Ricardo
  • Fajardo, Gustavo


We show that local politicians’ probability of being employed by a municipality increases when they have a strong party connection to its mayor. Using a regression discontinuity design, we compare the employment outcomes of individuals connected to the winner vis-à-vis those connected to the runner-up in close mayoral races in Ecuador. Among candidates to local councils who lose their bid, the probability of getting a job in the municipality increases tenfold when their own party’s mayoral nominee is elected. Importantly, the effect is concentrated among low-ranking positions, which reveals that this is the result of political patronage.

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  • Brassiolo, Pablo & Estrada, Ricardo & Fajardo, Gustavo, 2020. "My (Running) Mate, the Mayor: Political Ties and Access to Public Jobs in Ecuador," Research Department working papers 1521, CAF Development Bank Of Latinamerica.
  • Handle: RePEc:dbl:dblwop:1521

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    Democracia; Gobernabilidad; Políticas públicas;

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