Who's Getting the Office? Autocracy And Elected Politicians' Career Path: Evidence from the Mexican States
Julio Alberto Ramos-Pastrana ()
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Julio Alberto Ramos-Pastrana: Indiana University
No 2017-008, CAEPR Working Papers from Center for Applied Economics and Policy Research, Department of Economics, Indiana University Bloomington
This paper analyzes the effect of autocracy on governors' career path. Using data from the Mexican states in the period 1995 to 2014, I exploit the variation provided by an exogenous political transition. Results show that autocratic states that experienced a transition elected governors that had 37.3 percentage points more technical or administrative experience than those governors from autocratic states that did not go through a transition. This finding supports the argument that autocratic regimes incentivize Mexican governors from the dominant party to pursue political careers, while candidates from the opposition parties choose careers with a technical or administrative focus.
Keywords: Autocracy; Politicians' Career Path; Political Institutions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 D73 P48 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 46 pages
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