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Philip Verwimp, ECARES Print
Friday, 14 October 2016, 12:15 - 13:15

Philip Verwimp, ECARES

The Political Economy of School Test Scores

Abstract : What does a former rebel leader do when he becomes president? Consolidate his newly won power or attack the inequality that was one of the motivations behind his rebellion? Or both?  This paper studies the post-war behavior of one rebel leader-turned-president, in one particular domain – education -  in order to contribute to our understanding of his usage of political power. In our empirical analysis we find that the temptation to cater for one’s electorate, in an attempt to correct wrongs from the past, leads to political interference in the education system, in essence a merit-based institution.   

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