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Project Citation: 

Fisman, Raymond, Wang, Yonxiang, Shi, Jing, and Wu, Weixing. Social Ties and the Selection of China’s Political Elite. Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2019. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2019-11-26.

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We study how sharing a hometown or college connection with an incumbent member of China's Politburo affects a candidate's likelihood of selection as a new member. In specifications that include fixed effects to absorb quality differences across cities and colleges, we find that hometown and college connections are each associated with 5-9 percentage point reductions in selection probability. This "connections penalty"
is equally strong for retiring Politburo members, arguing against quota-based explanations, and it is much stronger for junior Politburo members, consistent with a role for intra-factional competition. Our findings differ from earlier work because of our emphasis on within-group variation, and our focus on shared hometown and college -- rather than shared workplace -- connections.

Funding Sources:  View help for Funding Sources National Science Foundation (1729784)

Scope of Project

Subject Terms:  View help for Subject Terms Social Ties; Political connections; China; Politburo; Political selection
Geographic Coverage:  View help for Geographic Coverage China
Time Period(s):  View help for Time Period(s) 1950 – 2017 (1950s-present)
Universe:  View help for Universe Politicians in the China's Central Committee
Data Type(s):  View help for Data Type(s) observational data


Data Source:  View help for Data Source See paper for details

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