Political Turnover , Bureaucratic Turnover , and the Quality of Public Services *

  title={Political Turnover , Bureaucratic Turnover , and the Quality of Public Services *},
  author={Mitra Akhtari and Diana Raquel Moreira and Laura Trucco},
We study how political party changes in mayoral elections in Brazil affect the provision of public education. Exploiting a regression discontinuity design for close elections, we find that municipalities with a new party in office have test scores that are 0.07 standard deviations lower than comparable municipalities with no change in the political party. Party turnover leads to a sharp increase in the replacement rate of headmasters and teachers in schools controlled by the municipality. In… CONTINUE READING
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