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John L. Marshall

Institute for Quantitative Social Science
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November 2014Revealing Malfeasance: How Local Media Facilitates Electoral Sanctioning of Mayors in Mexico
with Horacio A. Larreguy, James M. Snyder, Jr.: w20697
We estimate the effect of local media outlets on political accountability in Mexico, focusing on malfeasance by municipal mayors. We study federal grants earmarked for infrastructure projects targeting the poor, and leverage two sources of plausibly exogenous variation. First, we exploit variation in the timing of the release of municipal audit reports. Second, and moving beyond existing studies, we exploit variation in media exposure at the electoral precinct level. In particular, we compare neighboring precincts on the boundaries of media stations’ coverage areas to isolate the effects of an additional media station. We find that voters punish the party of malfeasant mayors, but only in electoral precincts covered by local media stations (which emit from within the precinct’s municipalit...
 
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