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Title:Candidate Quality PDF Logo
Authors:Takalo, Tuomas
Poutvaara, Panu
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 1195
Abstract:We analyze the topical question of how the compensation of elected politicians affects the set of citizens choosing to run. To this end, we develop a sparse and tractable citizen-candidate model of representative democracy with ability differences, informative campaigning and political parties. Our results suggest that primaries, campaign costs and rewards have previously overlooked interactions that should be studied in a unified framework. Surprisingly, increasing the reward may lower the average candidate quality when the campaigning costs are sufficiently high.
Subjects:politicians' competence
career concerns
campaigning costs
rewards for elected officials
citizen-candidate models
JEL:J4
D72
J24
D70
D79
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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