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  Appointed public officials and local favoritism: evidence from the German states

Baskaran, T., & Lopes da Fonseca, M. (2017). Appointed public officials and local favoritism: evidence from the German states. Working Paper of the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance, No. 2017-09. doi:10.2139/ssrn.3083925.

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Baskaran , Thushyanthan1, Author
Lopes da Fonseca, Mariana2, Author              
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2Public Economics, MPI for Tax Law and Public Finance, Max Planck Society, ou_830552              

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Free keywords: Distributive politics, favoritism, employment growth
 Abstract: We study the local favoritism of appointed German state ministers. Matching hand-collected data on ministers’ place of residence to a sample of more than 8,000 west German municipalities during the period 1994–2013, we find that the home municipality of a state minister experiences higher employment growth than control municipalities. Given the institutional context, this effect is ostensibly due to apolitical favoritism (home bias) rather than electoral considerations. We conclude that favoritism may lead to a distortion in the allocation of public resources even in contexts with strong political institutions.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2017-12-07
 Publication Status: Published online
 Pages: 49
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.3083925
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Title: Working Paper of the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance
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