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D.C. Political Economy Seminar: Family Networks and Electoral Outcomes

Date: 06 Oct 2017

Time: 12:00 PM

Location: 1300 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC - Room Andres Bello 3, United States


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Title: Family Networks and Electoral Outcomes

Presenter: Cesi Cruz, University of British Columbia

Abstract: We demonstrate the importance of politician social networks for electoral outcomes. Using large scale data on family networks from over 20 million individuals in 15,000 villages in the Philippines, we show that candidates for public office are disproportionately drawn from more central families and family network centrality contributes to higher vote shares during the elections. Consistent with our theory of political intermediation, we present evidence that family network centrality facilitates relationships of political exchange. Moreover, we show that family networks exercise an effect independent of wealth, historical elite status, or previous electoral success.


Contact information: research@iadb.org

The D.C. Political Economy Seminar is a monthly forum on comparative politics and political economy research sponsored by IDB’s Research Department. In this forum, faculty and researchers in the greater Washington DC area are invited to present their on-going projects. Its objective is to provide an opportunity for a fruitful exchange of ideas and feedback, as well as to build a network of researchers in political economy that can help foster future collaboration not only with the Research Department, but also with other areas of the Bank.

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