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American Economic Review: Vol. 98 No. 1 (March 2008)


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Bureaucrats or Politicians? Comment

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Kojima, Fuhito. 2008. "Bureaucrats or Politicians? Comment." American Economic Review, 98(1): 561-62.

DOI: 10.1257/aer.98.1.561


Alesina and Tabellini (2007) investigate the normative criteria for allocating policy tasks to bureaucrats versus politicians. While they establish criteria with respect to a number of parameters, they do not give a criterion with respect to the degree of imperfect monitoring. We establish an unambiguous criterion about imperfect monitoring. (JEL D72, D73)

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Kojima, Fuhito (Harvard U)

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D72: Models of Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
D73: Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption

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