Julieta Peveri

phd seminar

Julieta Peveri

The effects of interest groups' contributions on political competition and selection: Evidence from Brazil
Tuesday, April 21 2020| 11:00am to 11:45am

Anushka Chawla: anushka.chawla[at]univ-amu.fr
Laura Sénécal: laura.senecal[at]univ-amu.fr
Carolina Ulloa Suarez: carolina.ulloa-suarez[at]univ-amu.fr


While the role of interest groups' contributions in shaping policies has been well-studied, little is known about their effects on political competition and selection. This paper exploits a Brazilian reform that banned campaign contributions made by firms. I compare a range of political outcomes across municipalities and individuals according to their degree of dependence on interest groups' contributions prior to the reform. I find that the reform encourages the entry of new candidates and deteriorates the incumbency advantage. Those effects favor insider challengers, especially the ones from major parties.

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