Mario Chacon to speak on ' The Impact of War on Quality of Local Governance '
HSE School of Political Science and Modernization & Mobilization in Eurasia Project will hold a meeting of Political Science Seminar Series on Friday November 9. Prof. Mario Chacon, NYU Abu Dhabi, will speak on 'The Impact of War on Quality of Local Governance'.
We investigate the legacy of civil war violence on the quality of local representation in Colombia. In particular, we investigate how high levels of violence against local authorities and political leaders during the late 1980s and mid 1990s shaped the quality of candidates and local authorities in recent years. For this purpose, we exploit an unprecedented political reform during the 2011 local elections which allowed different national control agencies to share information and identify candidates who were ineligible to run due to their judicial and administrative records. We find that the historical rate of political homicides is associated with more "criminal" candidates in 2011. To address the potential endogenity between corruption, criminality and past violence, we exploit differences in the support for third-parties in 1988 as an instrument for initial levels of political violence. Our instrumental variables estimates confirm a large, positive and significant effect of past civil war violence on the current levels of administrative and political corruption in the country.
Time: 1:30 - 3:00 PM
Address: 3 Krivokolenny pereulok, Room 209