IGIER Working Paper No. 246
28 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2003
Date Written: November 2003
We consider a society that has to elect an official who provides a public service for the citizens. Potential candidates differ in their competence and every potential candidate has private information about his opportunity cost to perform the task of the elected official. We develop a new citizen candidate model with a unique equilibrium to analyze citizens' candidature decisions.
Under some weak additional assumptions, bad candidates run with a higher probability than good ones, and for unattractive positions, good candidates freeride on bad ones. We also analyze the comparative static effects of wage increases and cost of running on the potential candidates' entry decisions.
Keywords: Citizen-candidate model, political economy, private provision of public goods, wage for politicians
JEL Classification: D7, H0
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