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Dynastic Political Rents? Economic Rents to Relatives of Top Politicians
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies. CIFAR, Canada.
Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Sweden.
2017 (English)In: Economic Journal, ISSN 0013-0133, E-ISSN 1468-0297, Vol. 127, F495-F517 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We exploit close elections in Swedish municipalities to test whether relatives of politicians who become mayors obtain economic benefits. We find no benefits for the siblings of new mayors, but the average earnings of children of newly appointed mayors rise by about 15%. Administrative information on occupational and residence status show that the higher earnings are unlikely reflect an illegitimate allocation of jobs. But the evidence suggests that children of election-winning mayors are more likely to postpone tertiary education and remain in their parents' municipality to work.

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2017. Vol. 127, F495-F517 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-149158DOI: 10.1111/ecoj.12494OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-149158DiVA: diva2:1158320
Available from: 2017-11-20 Created: 2017-11-20 Last updated: 2017-11-21Bibliographically approved

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