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Title: Ignorance is bliss: voter education and alignment in distributive politics
Author: Boffa, Federico
Cavalcanti, Francisco
Piolatto, Amedeo
Keywords: Federalisme
Sociologia política
Federal government
Political sociology
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Institut d’Economia de Barcelona
Series/Report no: [WP E-IEB21/07]
Abstract: Central politicians channel resources to sub-national entities for political gains. We show formally that the central politicians' allocation decision has two drivers: political alignment (between central and local politicians) and the level of local political accountability. However, drivers count one at a time: alignment matters before local elections, while local political accountability matters before central elections. We then perform a test of our model using Brazilian data, which corroborates our results. Furthermore, we show and explain why political accountability becomes a curse: better educated districts receive fewer transfers in equilibrium
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