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dc.creatorBandiera, Antonella
dc.description.abstractHow do natural resource windfalls affect the quality of politicalcandidates? Existing scholarship argues that non-tax public revenuehas a negative effect on the characteristics of candidates because itimpairs the capacity of voters to hold leaders accountable. This liter-ature, however, has not considered other non-tax sources of revenue,namely, the rents derived from the informal and illegal exploitation ofnatural resources. In this paper, I analyze the effects of an increaseof informal gold production in Peru. I find that in districts that havehigher levels of informal gold mining, increases in prices worsens thequality of politicians. In particular, I use novel data on the crimi-nal records of candidates to show that a spike in the price of goldattracts more criminal candidates to politics and leads elected politi-cians to be accused of committing a crime more often. Interestingly,I also find that candidates who have a criminal record are less likelyto be elected. These results suggest that information on the trajec-tories of politicians is key to improve the quality of candidates that will be elected, and that the enforcement of natural resource regula-tion is crucial to eliminate the influence of rents on the behavior ofpoliticians.
dc.rightsAtribución-NoComercial-CompartirIgual 2.5 Colombia
dc.sourceinstname:Universidad del Rosario
dc.sourcereponame:Repositorio Institucional EdocUR
dc.subjectMinería de oro informal
dc.subjectCandidatos criminales
dc.subject.lembMinas de oro
dc.subject.lembMinería ilegal
dc.subject.lembCongresos, conferencias, etc.
dc.titleA Bonanza for Bad Politicians: Informal Gold Mining and Criminal Candidates in Peru
dc.subject.keywordInformal Gold mining
dc.subject.keywordCrminal candidates
dc.publisher.otherUniversidad del Rosario. Facultad de Economía
dc.type.spaDocumento de conferencia
dc.rights.accesoAbierto (Texto Completo)
dc.contributor.eventThe Economics of Informality Conference 2018

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