Quoc-Anh DO publishes lead article in the October issue of the American Economic Review: Applied Economics


Quoc-Anh DO and co-authors Kieu-Trang NGUYEN and Anh N. TRAN, have published a lead article in the well-known journal American Economic Review: Applied Economics entitled:

One Mandarin Benefits the Whole Clan: Hometown Favoritism in an Authoritarian Regime (link to PDF)

Quoc-Anh DO, is Associate Professor of Economics at the Department and LIEPP (Interdisciplinary Center for Public Policy Evaluation) since 2012.  He is also a CEPR Research Affiliate. He was awarded a PhD in Economics from Harvard in 2008 and he taught at the School of Economics of the Singapore Management University before joining SciencesPo.

His research interests span over several applied microeconomic topics, especially in political economics, economics of social networks, development economics, and corporate governance.

His recent article is in line with this research focus:

"We study patronage politics in authoritarian Vietnam, using an exhaustive panel of ranking officials from 2000 to 2010 to estimate their promotions' impact on infrastructure in their hometowns of patrilineal ancestry. Native officials' promotions lead to a broad range of hometown infrastructure improvement. Hometown favoritism is pervasive across all ranks, even among officials without budget authority, except among elected legislators. Favors are narrowly targeted toward small communes that have no political power, and are strengthened with bad local governance and strong local family values. The evidence suggests a likely motive of social preferences for hometown."

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