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An Empirical Analysis of Political Dynasties in the 15th Philippine Congress


Ronald U. Mendoza


Asian Institute of Management

Edsel L. Beja Jr.


Ateneo De Manila University - Economics Department

Victor Soriano Venida


Ateneo de Manila University, Department of Economics

David Barua Yap II


Asian Institute of Management - Policy Center

January 1, 2012


Abstract:     
This paper develops metrics to analyze the extent to which political dynasties in the 15th Congress of the Republic of the Philippines are linked to different social and economic outcomes in the country. Such a detailed empirical mapping and analysis of political dynasties is the first of its kind from the country. Results show that representatives from political dynasties account for 70 percent of the jurisdiction-based legislators in Congress. On average, they possess higher net worth and win in elections by larger margins of victory compared to non-dynastic representatives. Dynastic jurisdictions are also associated with lower standards of living (as measured by average income) and lower human development (as measured by the Human Development Index), and higher levels of deprivation (as measured by poverty incidence, poverty gap, and poverty severity). Results on the correlates of dynastic prevalence and inequality are less conclusive.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 41

Keywords: democracy, political dynasty, inclusive growth, political equality, social inequality

JEL Classification: D70, J45, N41, N42

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Date posted: December 10, 2011  

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Mendoza, Ronald U. and Beja, Edsel L. and Venida, Victor Soriano and Yap II, David Barua, An Empirical Analysis of Political Dynasties in the 15th Philippine Congress (January 1, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1969605 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1969605

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Ronald U. Mendoza (Contact Author)
Asian Institute of Management ( email )
123 Paseo de Roxas
Makati City, 1260
Philippines
Edsel L. Beja Jr.
Ateneo De Manila University - Economics Department ( email )
P.O. Box 154
Manila
Philippines
Victor Soriano Venida
Ateneo de Manila University, Department of Economics ( email )
P.O. Box 154
Manila
Philippines
6324265661 (Phone)
6324265661 (Fax)
David Barua Yap II
Asian Institute of Management - Policy Center ( email )
Eugenio Lopez Foundation Bldg
Joseph McMicking Campus, 123 Paseo de Roxas
Makati City
Philippines
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