Ernesto Calvo

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Gabriel L. Negretto is associate professor of political science in the Division of Political Studies, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica (CIDE) in Mexico City. He specializes in constitutional change, institutional design, and Latin American politics.
Infrastructure and utilities underpin economic growth and human development. Many developing countries privatized in these sectors during the 1990s, but their weak institutional environments make them prone to crises that generate incentives for governments to renege on their original contractual commitments to investors. The existent literature shows that(More)
Politicians can bene…t by ensuring that public sector positions requiring political services are occupied by partisans. We study a model in which this political screening is achieved by varying the amount of required political services and associated compensation in otherwise similar positions. Past vote shares provide information on the population share of(More)
Using data from an e-voting experiment conducted in the 2005 Congressional Election in Argentina, we estimate the effect of different e-voting technologies on the likelihood that citizens cast their vote for different parties for the National Congress and the Legislature of Buenos Aires. Our results indicate that voters are extremely receptive to the(More)
Critical for our understanding of clientelism is to measure the size and structure of political networks. That is, to measure whether parties have a large enough supply of patrons, bureaucrats, activists, and volunteers, which would allow party leaders to properly invest particularistic resources among adequately chosen voters. In this article we take(More)
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