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Political competition, policy and growth: theory and evidence from the US

By Timothy Besley, Torsten Persson and Daniel M. Sturm

Abstract

This paper develops a simple model to analyse how a lack of political competition may lead to policies that hinder economic growth. We test the predictions of the model on panel data for the US states. In these data, we find robust evidence that lack of political competition in a state is associated with anti-growth policies: higher taxes, lower capital spending, and a reduced likelihood of using right-to-work laws. We also document a strong link between low political competition and low income growth

Topics: HB Economic Theory, JC Political theory
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1111/j.1467-937X.2010.00606.x
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:33765
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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