Can Good Politicians Compensate for Bad Institutions ? Evidence from an original survey of Italian mayors ∗

@inproceedings{Carreri2018CanGP,
  title={Can Good Politicians Compensate for Bad Institutions ? Evidence from an original survey of Italian mayors ∗},
  author={Maria Carreri},
  year={2018}
}
Can competent political leaders bring significant policy changes to communities otherwise doomed by “bad” informal institutions? This question has remained unanswered because of the lack of a convincing measure of politicians’ competence. I develop a novel survey technique to overcome this challenge and apply it in interviews to 306 Italian mayors. I study the impact of mayors’ competence on the policies they enact using a difference-in-differences approach. Results show that more competent… CONTINUE READING

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