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Blame-Games, the Media and Discretionary Behaviour of Bureaucrats

  • Paul A. Raschky

This paper investigates the negative effect of media reports on the provision of public goods by bureaucratic agencies. I provide a simple career concerns model where negative publicity in the media can affect the bureaucrat's future wage. The proposition of the model is tested using data of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' spending on flood protection from 1968-2008.

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Paper provided by Monash University, Department of Economics in its series Monash Economics Working Papers with number 07-10.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: May 2010
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Handle: RePEc:mos:moswps:2010-07
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