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Winner of QoG Best Paper Award 2019 - Maria Carreri

News: Feb 13, 2019

We are happy to announce that the 2017-2018 Quality of Government Best Paper award goes to Maria Carreri (Postdoctoral Fellow, Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University) for the paper, “Can Good Politicians Compensate for Bad Institutions? Evidence from an Original Survey of Italian Mayors”.

Motivation: This piece of research is central to the quality of government literature. Carreri demonstrates that more competent mayors are associated with better policies in cases where the quality of informal municipal institutions is low. In these municipalities, the election of more competent mayors translates into a more effective use of funds, an increase in long-term investments, and better service provision without an increase in taxes. With these findings, Carreri builds on a long line of research on the impact of informal institutions on quality of government by integrating research from Management Science on the efficacy of chief executives in different institutional circumstances. Her theory and evidence that the interaction between politician’s competence and informal institutions explains variation in policy performance is a unique contribution. Carreri implements a state-of-the-art research design that draws on within-state variation to test the theory. Carreri, first, measures mayors’ competence through a novel survey design which she applies in interviews with 309 Italian mayors. She then assesses the impact of their competence on the policies they enact using a difference-in-differences approach. While this study focuses on variation across Italy, the theory may be generalizable to other contexts and we are confident future research will further test the reach of Carreri’s innovative theory.

Congratulations! Maria Carreri will visit the Qog Institute in the fall of 2019 to present her work.

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Page Manager: Alice Johansson|Last update: 2/21/2018
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