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QoG lunch seminar with Claudia Avellaneda

Research profile seminar

The QoG Institute regularly organizes seminars related to research on Quality of Government. The seminars address the theoretical and empirical problem of how political institutions of high quality can be created and maintained as well as the effects of Quality of Government on a number of policy areas, such as health, the environment, social policy, and poverty.

Speakers are invited from the international research community and experts from NGOs and other organizations to the lunch seminars. The seminars last for one hour and include a short presentation by the speaker (30-35 min) followed by a joint discussion about the topic.

If nothing else is indicated, the seminars are held in English.

Title: Political Hawks vs Devoted Bureaucrats. The Impact of Governor's Career Path on Gubernatorial Performance

Abstract: This paper aims to identify the kind of skills that either enhance or hinder government performance in a developing setting. We argue that a manager that has accumulated a large experience related to bureaucratic activities will develop different skills than a manager that has dedicated to advance a political career. Thus, we aim to estimate the causal effect that the career pursued by the lead manager has on government performance. We test this proposition in the Mexican context, using a panel dataset for Mexican governors for the 1995-2014 period, which covers four gubernatorial administrations. State performance is operationalized in terms of health outputs (percentage of newborn deaths) and vocational training outputs (number of students that approved some of the courses offered in vocational schools). We estimate the causal effect of career path on gubernatorial performance using an instrumental variable approach along with a Generalized Difference in Difference identification strategy. Our preliminary findings suggest that governors with greater bureaucratic experience exhibit higher performance in terms of health related outputs, while governors with greater political experience exhibit higher performance in terms of vocational training outputs.

Lecturer: Claudia Avellaneda, Associate Professor, School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Indiana University

Date: 10/31/2018

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Categories: Social Sciences

Location: Stora Skansen (B336), Sprängkullsgatan 19

Contact person: Tove Wikehult

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