Type
Working paper
Titre
Isolated Capital Cities, Accountability and Corruption: Evidence from US States
Dans
LIEPP Working Paper
Auteur(s)
DO Quoc-Anh - Département d'économie (Auteur)
CAMPANTE Filipe R. - Harvard University (Auteur)
Éditeur
Paris : Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies
Collection
LIEPP Working Paper : 12
Résumé
EN
We show that isolated capital cities are robustly associated with greater levels of corruption across US states, in line with the view that this isolation reduces accountability, and in contrast with the alternative hypothesis that it might forestall political capture. We then provide direct evidence that the spatial distribution of population relative to the capital affects different accountability mechanisms over state politics: newspaper coverage, voter knowledge and information, and turnout. We also find evidence against the capture hypothesis: isolated capitals are associated with more money in state-level campaigns. Finally, we show that isolation is linked with worse public good provision.

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