Candidates, Character, and Corruption
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This paper previously circulated under the title "Of Candidates and Character." For useful comments we thank anonymous referees, Simon Loertscher, Kali P. Rath, and seminar participants at NYU, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, and the 2007 Wallis Institute Conference on Political Economy at the University of Rochester. For nancial support, Bernheim thanks the National Science Foundation (grants SES-0137129 and SES-0452300), and Kartik thanks the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Sloan Research Fellowship) and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. and Annette L. Nazareth membership). Kartik also thanks the Institute for its hospitality. Preliminary versions of some of the results in this paper were reported in Kartik's Ph.D. dissertation submitted to Stanford University. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.