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dc.contributor.authorFergusson, Leopoldo
dc.contributor.authorLarreguy, Horacio
dc.contributor.authorRiaño, Juan Felipe
dc.coverage.spatialMéxicoen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-28T14:26:22Z
dc.date.available2015-07-28T14:26:22Z
dc.date.issued2015-07-20
dc.identifier.citationFergursson, L., Larreguy, H., & Riaño, J. F. (2015, July 20). Political constraints and state capacity: Evidence from a land allocation program in Mexico. CAF. Retrieved from http://scioteca.caf.com/handle/123456789/764en
dc.identifier.urihttp://scioteca.caf.com/handle/123456789/764
dc.description.tableofcontentsIn this paper we contribute to the understanding of the politics of state building. We emphasize that incumbent clientelistic parties might have incentives to sustain state fragility when politically challenged. We develop a theoretical model of the politics of state strengthening, and test its implications exploiting a unique policy program from Mexico. Incumbent clientelistic parties have a comparative advantage in clientelism as opposed to in public good provision. Investments in state capacity –conceived as a reduction of the cost of providing public goods– consequently undermine their comparative advantage. Therefore, when politically challenged by opponents, clientelistic incumbents may oppose to invest in state capacity. To test this hypothesis, we exploit a unique land allocation program in Mexico. When granting land to communities, the government decided whether to locate them close or far from municipality heads, thus affecting its future ability to provide public goods. Our empirical design uses the distance of the newly allocated land from municipality heads as a measure of local state capacity choice, and exploits a national shock that threatened the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI)’s hegemony in the early 1960s but had different intensity across the various Mexican municipalities. Our difference-in-differences estimates corroborate that the PRI allocated land farther away from municipality heads in places where it expected more political contestation.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherCAFen_US
dc.rightsCC-BY-NCes_ES
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/es_ES
dc.subjectInvestigación socioeconómicaen_US
dc.subjectPolíticas públicasen_US
dc.subjectRecursos naturalesen_US
dc.subjectSector públicoen_US
dc.subjectServicios públicosen_US
dc.subjectViviendaen_US
dc.titlePolitical constraints and state capacity: Evidence from a land allocation program in Mexicoen_US
dc.typeworkingPaperen_US


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