Social Science Seminar - The Perils of Patronage: How Political Networks Undermine Economic Performance in China
12:30pm - 1:45pm
Online Via Zoom

This paper studies how personalized power in patron-client networks affects economic growth in an authoritarian regime. We argue that political leaders' personalized power stems from their preexisting and acquired connections with subordinates within the jurisdiction. While some subordinate officials may benefit from personal connections, the concentration of personalized power in the superior tends to distort promotion incentives globally, and thus undermines bureaucratic performance. We operationalize this idea in the Chinese context, and document time-varying networks of regional leaders in each province. Within-province and instrumental variable estimations show consistently a negative impact of provincial leaders' personalized power, as measured by their network centrality within the province, on economic performance. Evidence also suggests that the powerful provincial leaders hamper meritocratic promotion for subordinates.

When
Where
Online Via Zoom
Recommended For
Alumni, Faculty and staff, General public, PG students, UG students
Language
English
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Speakers / Performers:
Prof Tianyang XI
Associate professor, National School of Development, Peking University
Organizer
Division of Social Science
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