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The Rise and Fall of Local Elections in China: Theory and Empirical Evidence on the Autocrat's Trade-off

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

NBER Working Paper No. 24032
Issued in November 2017

---- Acknowledgments ----

We are particularly grateful to Roger Myerson for his encouragment and insights, and to David Austen-Smith, Tim Besley, Scott Ashworth, Ethan Bueno de Mesquita, Oeindrila Dube, Georgy Egorov, Ruben Enikolopov, Ruixue Jia, Nicola Persico, Torsten Persson, Konstantin Sonin and Fabrizio Zilibotti for useful comments. We thank seminar participants at Kellogg MEDS, Princeton Contemporary China Center, and the Harvard Positive Political Economy. We thank Zhili Liu for excellent research assistance. We acknowledge financial support from the National Science Foundation Grant 0922087 and the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP/2007-2013) / ERC Starting Grant Agreement no. 283837. 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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