Comparative Politics Workshop with James Kung
DateFebruary 5, 2015
4357 Bunche Hall
Belinda SunnuPhone firstname.lastname@example.org
James Kai-sing Kung, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
“Do Land Revenue Windfalls Create a Political Resource Curse? Evidence from China”
Abstract: By analyzing a panel on the political turnovers of 4,390 county leaders in China during 1999–2008, we find that the revenue windfalls accrued to these officials from land sales have both undermined the effectiveness of the promotion system for government officials and fueled corruption. Instead of rewarding efforts made to boost GDP growth, promotion is also positively correlated with signaling efforts, with those politically connected to their superiors and those beyond the prime age for promotion being the primary beneficiaries. Likewise, land revenue windfalls have led to increases in the size of bureaucracy and administrative expenditure –|corruption in short.
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