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QoG lunch seminar with Maria Carreri

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 of seminar:
"Can Good Politicians Compensate for Bad Institutions? Evidence from an original survey of Italian mayors"

Abstract:
Can competent political leaders bring significant policy changes to communities otherwise doomed by "bad" informal institutions? This question has remained unanswered due to the lack of a convincing measure of politicians¿ competence. I develop a novel survey technique to overcome this challenge and apply it in interviews to 306 Italian mayors. I study the impact of mayors´ competence on the policies they enact using a difference-in-differences approach. Results show that more competent mayors are associated with better policies but the association is only present in cases where the quality of informal 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. Results hold across different measures of institutional quality.

Lecturer: Maria Carreri, Assistant Professor, UCSD School of Global Policy and Strategy. Winner of QoG Best Paper 2018.

Date: 9/18/2019

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Categories: Social Sciences

Organizer: The Quality of Government Institute

Location: Stora Skansen (B336), Sprängkullsgatan 19

Contact person: Tove Wikehult

Page Manager: Lars-Olof Karlsson|Last update: 3/3/2008
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