Connecting to Power: Political Connections, Innovation, and Firm Dynamics
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We thank Marco Chiurato, Salvatore Di Novo, and Marta Prato for excellent research assistance and our discussants Stefania Albanesi, Serdar Dinc, Stuart Graham, and Matteo Maggiori, for very constructive comments. We thank seminar and conference participants at the University of Chicago, Richmond FED, Georgetown University, Institute for Fiscal Studies, Harvard Business School, World Bank, Brandeis University, Tufts University, University College London, University of Maryland, EIEF, Bank of Italy, SKEMA Business School, CEPR Symposium, Philadelphia Fed, College de France, Banque de France, Turkish Central Bank, IESE, St. Louis FED, University of Toronto Rotman, New York Fed, Munich Summer Institute, SED Mexico, NBER Entrepreneurship meeting, NBER Political Economy meeting, NBER Productivity lunch meeting for very helpful feedback and discussions. For providing invaluable support with the data access, we thank the research division of the Social Security Institute of Italy (INPS), especially Massimo Antichi, Mariella Cozzolino, Edoardo Di Porto, and Paolo Naticchioni. The views expressed by the authors do not necessarily reflect those of the Bank of Italy, INPS, or the National Bureau of Economic Research.