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Political Reform in China: Elections, Public Goods, and Income Distribution

July 9, 2014 in Economics

The control of large bureaucracies is a difficult task. In autocratic countries, controlling local officials is further complicated by the weakness of established channels to receive feedback from citizens. To address this problem, several autocratic governments have introduced local elections in recent years. New research from Monica Martinez-Bravo, Gerard Padró i Miquel, Nancy Qian, and Yang Yao provides a rigorous empirical analysis of how village-level elections in China that were instituted in the 1980s and 1990s changed the incentives for local officials.

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