Department of Economics
University of Michigan
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1220
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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|February 2015||Old and Young Politicians|
with Alberto F. Alesina, Ugo Troiano: w20977
We evaluate the effect of a politician’s age on political governance, reelection rates,and policies using data on Italian local governments. Our results suggest that younger politicians are more likely to behave strategically in response to election incentives: they increase spending and obtain more transfers from higher levels of government in preelection years. We argue that is a sign of stronger career concerns incentives. The results are robust to adopting three different identification strategies: fixed-effects regression, standard regression discontinuity design, and an augmented regression discontinuity design that controls for residual heterogeneity.