Civil Service, State Capacity, and the Political Economy of Governance in Mexico

Abstract

Does bureaucracy reflect the underlying structure of political power in society? I exploit Spanish naming conventions and two regression discontinuity designs of close elections to study patronage and nepotistic hiring in Mexican federal government. I focus on the impact that political cycles have on bureaucracy's composition at the expense of capacity development of career civil service officials. To do so, I explore a novel administrative database including detailed demographic, educational, financial, career, and employment information for all federal Mexican bureaucrats and all legislative candidates from 2000 onwards.

Coming soon (after my thesis defense).

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Raúl A. Castro Corona
Graduate Student in Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

My research interests include political economy, economic development, and international economics.