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Party membership and public sector employment in Brazil

Grant number: 18/09803-2
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2018
Effective date (End): February 29, 2020
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Economics
Principal Investigator:Fabiana Fontes Rocha
Grantee:Pedro Henrique Thibes Forquesato
Host Institution: Faculdade de Economia, Administração e Contabilidade (FEA). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Together with Fernanda Brollo and Juan Carlos Gozzi, from the University of Warwick, we analyze how political discretion affects the selection of government workers, using individual-level data on political party membership and matched employer-employee data on the universe of formal workers in Brazil. We use a regression discontinuity design on close elections to estimate the causal effect of a mayor winning election on the employment ofmembers of the mayor's coalition parties in the municipal bureaucracy. We also investigate the occupations on which these hired party members are employed, and whether they have different observable quality (e.g., education) than other public employees. (AU)

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