Browsing by Author "Prem, Mounu"
We show that exposure to repression under dictatorship increases support for democracy and contributes to regime change when a democratic window of opportunity arises. Studying the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet ...Documentos de Trabajo. 2018-12-03
We use new firm-level data from Chile to document resource misallocation in favor of politically connected firms during the transition from dictatorship to democracy. We find that firms with links to the Pinochet regime ...Documentos de Trabajo. 2019-02-05
A large body of literature has documented negative effects of civil conflict on the educational outcomes of affected children across different countries and historical periods. The opposite is however not obvious. Because ...Documentos de Trabajo. 2019-07
Well-intended policies often have negative unintended consequences if they fail to foresee the different ways in which individuals may respond to the new set of incentives. When widespread and persistent, these may lead ...Documentos de Trabajo. 2019-10-07
We estimate the causal real economic effects of a randomized anticorruption crackdown on local governments in Brazil over the period 2003-2014. After anti-corruption audits, municipalities experience an increase in economic ...Documentos de Trabajo. 2017-01
We investigate whether differences in management explain variation in productivity and whether different labor market policies can impact the allocation of managerial effectiveness. Using data on the universe of students ...Documentos de Trabajo. 2020-04-30
Hostile policies towards higher education are a prominent feature of authoritarian regimes. We study the capture of higher education by the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in Chile following the 1973 coup. We ...Documentos de Trabajo. 2020-05-15.
The public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the subsequent economic emergency and social turmoil, has pushed governments to substantially and swiftly increase spending. Because of the pressing ...Documentos de Trabajo. 2020-05-15
Violent environments are known to affect household fertility choices, demand for health services and health outcomes of newborns. Using administrative data with a difference-in-differences (2011-2018 period), we study how ...Documentos de Trabajo. 2020-09-21.
Police repression is common in street protests but evidence about its impact is limited. We study the protest behavior of people linked to a student killed by a stray bullet coming from a policeman during a large protest. ...Documentos de Trabajo. 2020-12-30
We provide new evidence on the causal effect of education on health. Our empirical strategy exploits the reduction in access to college experienced by individuals reaching college age shortly after the 1973 military coup ...Documentos de Trabajo. 2021-05-24.
We study how the disclosure of corrupt practices affects firms. We construct novel firm-level measures of involvement in corrupt practices using randomized audits of public procurement in Brazil. On average, firms exposed ...Documentos de Trabajo. 2021-08-05
While existing work has demonstrated that campaign donations can buy access to benefits such as favorable legislation and preferential contracting, we highlight another use of campaign contributions: buying forbearance. ...Documentos de Trabajo. 2021-08-17