Just Hire Your Spouse! Evidence from a Political Scandal in Bavaria

25 Pages Posted: 24 Jun 2014

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Bjoern Kauder

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute

Niklas Potrafke

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute

Date Written: May 23, 2014

Abstract

We investigate a case of political favoritism. Some members of the Bavarian parliament hired relatives as office employees who were paid using taxpayers’ money. We examine whether being involved in the scandal influenced re-election prospects and voter turnout. The results do not show that being involved in the scandal influenced the outcome and voter turnout of the 2013 state elections. We propose three explanations: (i) the Bavarian state election was a test run for the German federal election; (ii) the state government made a quite good job of clarifying failings; (iii) in June 2013, a very heavy bout of flooding eclipsed the political scandal.

Keywords: political scandal, favoritism, nepotism, re-election prospects, voter turnout

JEL Classification: D720, H700, A130

Suggested Citation

Kauder, Bjoern and Potrafke, Niklas, Just Hire Your Spouse! Evidence from a Political Scandal in Bavaria (May 23, 2014). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4813, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2457859

Bjoern Kauder

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, 01069
Germany

Niklas Potrafke (Contact Author)

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, 01069
Germany

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