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Political cycles in Greece’s municipal employment

Georgios Chortareas, Vassilis Logothetis () and Andreas A. Papandreou

Journal of Economic Policy Reform, 2017, vol. 20, issue 4, 321-342

Abstract: We consider the politically motivated fluctuations in Greece’s municipal employment, constructing a data-set from primary data and focusing on the composition of municipal employment in terms of employment relationship forms. Our analysis produces strong evidence of pre-electoral manipulation through increases in the number of contract employees. Considering a number of control variables and robustness checks does not affect the key results. Such variables include whether mayors run for reelection, incumbents’ political alignment with central government, partisan shifts, general elections, mayors’ turnover rate, and timing patterns. Our evidence provides insights into Greece’s political economy in the run-up to the current economic crisis.

Date: 2017
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