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NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Elections in China

Monica Martinez-Bravo, Gerard Padró i Miquel, Nancy Qian, Yang Yao

NBER Working Paper No. 18101
Issued in May 2012

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We are grateful to Daron Acemoglu, Oriana Bandiera, Abhijit Banerjee, Ruixue Jia, Peter Lorentzen, Doug Miller, Scott Rozelle, Lily Tsai, Chris Udry and Noam Yuchtman for their insights; Pedro Dal Bo and Oeindrilla Dube for their thoughtful discussions; workshop participants at University of California at Berkeley, University of British Columbia, California Institute of Technology, University of Chicago Booth GSB, Stockholm University (IIES), Harvard University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University China PoliticsWorkshop, New York University, Northwestern University Kellogg SOM, Princeton University, University of Southern California, University of Toronto, Warwick University, Fudan University, SUFE, the TIGER conference at Toulouse University, the NBER SI Workshops for Political Economy and Public Economics and Political Economy and the World Bank for their helpful comments. We thank Yunnan Guo, Ting Han, Samuel Marden, Emily Nix, Yiqing Xu, and Linyi Zhang for excellent research assistance. We thank the RCRE at the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and their team of surveyors and field workers, and in particular, Wu Zhigang for his crucial role in our field work and data collection. We acknowledge financial support from Brown University PSTC, Stanford GSB Center for Global Business and the Economy, Harvard Academy Scholars Research Grant, Yale University EGC Faculty Grant, the National Science Foundation Grant 0922087 and the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP/2007-2013) / ERC Starting Grant Agreement no. 283837. An early version of this paper was entitled “The Effects of Democratization on Public Goods and Redistribution: evidence from China.” The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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