Experimental Economics and Game Theory Seminar for October 19

Events, Seminars | October 16, 2017

Join us for the next ICES Seminar in Experimental Economics and Game Theory of the semester, featuring Fernanda Brollo.

Prof. Brollo, of the University of Warwick, will discuss her paperĀ To the Victor Belong the Spoils? Party Membership and Public Sector Employment in Brazil (Abstract). The talk will take place on Thursday, October 19th, from 12:00 to 1:00pm, in room 5183 of Vernon Smith Hall (formerly Metropolitan Building), Arlington campus.

Visit the Seminar schedule to access the paper and to learn more about upcoming speakers.


We analyze how political discretion affects the selection of public sector workers, using individual-level data on political party membership and matched employer-employee data on the universe of formal workers in Brazil. Exploiting close mayoral races, we find that winning an election leads to an increase of over 70% in the number of members of the winning party hired in the municipal bureaucracy. We find similar effects for all major political parties. Employment of members of the ruling party increases both in senior positions and in lower ranked jobs. Moreover, this increase is long-lasting, extending beyond the end of the mayoral term. We also find that party members hired after their party is elected tend to get higher wages, controlling for individual characteristics and occupation. However, we find no differences in terms of quality between members of the runner-up and the winning party hired in the municipal bureaucracy.

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