Replication data for: Electoral Accountability and Corruption: Evidence from the Audits of Local Governments

Frederico Finan & Claudio Ferraz
We show that political institutions affect corruption levels. We use audit reports in Brazil to construct new measures of political corruption in local governments and test whether electoral accountability affects the corruption practices of incumbent politicians. We find significantly less corruption in municipalities where mayors can get reelected. Mayors with reelection incentives misappropriate 27 percent fewer resources than mayors without reelection incentives. These effects are more pronounced among municipalities with less access to information and...
This data repository is not currently reporting usage information. For information on how your repository can submit usage information, please see our documentation.