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“Leviathan’s Follower: Leadership Turnovers and Distributive Favoritism in China” by Gary Zu

June 1, 2022 @ 9:00 am 10:00 am JST

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Authors: Gary Zu (UCSD).

Abstract: Turnovers are widely believed as an effective design to deter favoritism. This study advances an alternative view that emphasizes their adverse effects. I argue that political turnovers generate incentives for politicians to favor career-connected firms in public spending allocation. I substantiate this claim by examining how mayoral turnovers affect procurement allocation in China. Using an original public procurement dataset between 2013 and 2020, I show that mayors increase purchases from firms located in their immediate preceding work-cites after leadership turnovers. The favoritism is significant and persistent in the long run. Further analyses demonstrate that firms follow moving bureaucrats are more competent that benefit economically from procurement. However favoritism causes higher public grievances over social services. These findings highlight the importance of political selection designs for anti-corruption and authoritarian governance.

Discussants: TBD.

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