Moral reputation and political selection in a decentralized democracy: Theory and evidence from India
Antonio Nicolo' () and
Kunal Sen ()
No wp-2020-26, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)
What motivates individuals to become politicians? This is an important question in decentralized democracies, where local politicians play a key role in public goods provision. However, and in emerging economies, bureaucratic hurdles and administrative failures introduce uncertainty about the returns to a politician's effort towards public goods provision. This paper presents a theoretical enquiry of political selection in the presence of such uncertainty.
Keywords: Politician; experiments; intrinsic motivation; reputation; India (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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