Strike one to educate one hundred: Organized crime, political selection and politicians’ ability, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 2019
In this paper, I show that criminal organizations may affect political(self-)selection by discouraging high-ability individuals from entering politics.
Identification derives from murders of local politicians by criminal organizations, and indicates thatsuch a negative shock to politicians’ expected payoffs induces a strong decrease in electedpoliticians’ human capital.
The effect is not limited to the municipality in which a politicalmurder takes place, but also extends to nearby municipalities.
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