We analyse and test a infinite-horizon model where politicians choose how much of an economy's resources to keep for themselves and how much to allocate to the citizenry. In each period, incumbents face re-election against a challenger, preceded by polling. Both candidates have private information about their own quality which determines the economy's level of resources. We vary (i) whether communication from candidates to voters (campaigning) is possible, and (ii) whether candidates' quality heterogeneity is high or low. Our results show that campaigning matters. Challengers' negative campaigning increases, and incumbents' positive campaigning decreases, when incumbents performed poorly and when quality heterogeneity is high. We also find that both campaigning and higher quality heterogeneity benefit citizens on average at the expense of officials.

About the presenter’s visit

Nicholas Feltovich will be visiting the School of Economics on Friday 16.8.19. While here he will be using room 520A Colin Clark Building.  If you would like to meet with him or have lunch or dinner with him please contact A/Prof Lana Friesen who will be his host while at The University of Queensland.  A/Prof Friesen can be contacted on l.friesen@uq.edu.au.

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The School of Economics General Seminar Series is held on Fridays. These are in-person and presented by a range of guest researchers from around Australia and internationally.

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