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Sávio L. C. Oliveira and Wallace Patrick S. F. Souza
''Political competition and candidate selection in Brazilian municipalities.''
( 2022, Vol. 42 No.2 )
This paper investigates the relationship between political competition and the quality of candidates and elected politicians. We use the effective number of candidates for measuring electoral competition, and the level of education for measuring the quality of politicians. By employing an instrumental variable approach, we find that greater electoral competition increases the proportion of elected mayors, mayoral candidates, elected councilors and council candidates that are college educated. In contrast, it decreases the participation and the performance of women in politics.
Keywords: Political Competition, Political Selection, Instrumental Variables
JEL: D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making: General
H7 - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations: General
Manuscript Received : Mar 24 2022 Manuscript Accepted : Jun 30 2022

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