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Do voters vote for education? Evidence from Brazilian municipal elections

Grant number: 15/16095-6
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2015
Effective date (End): December 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Economics - Economics of Human Resources
Principal Investigator:Fernanda Gonçalves de La Fuente Estevan
Grantee:Matheus de Mello de Assunção
Supervisor abroad: Thomas Fujiwara
Home Institution: Faculdade de Economia, Administração e Contabilidade (FEA). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : Princeton University, United States  
Associated to the scholarship:14/20307-6 - Do voters vote for education? Evidence from Brazilian municipal elections, BP.MS


This research project seeks to provide new evidence by estimating the impact of a change in municipal spending on basic education in the reelection chances of a mayor. For that, as exogenous variation uses the deployment of federal transfers from the Fund for Maintenance and Development of Fundamental Education and Valuing of Teacher (FUNDEF) between 1998 and 2000. Basic education is widely cited in the literature in economics as an essential factor to the development of a country. Moreover, by the externalities it generates, is seen as a service whose optimal supply requires public financing or provision. In Brazil, as in other countries, is constitutionally established as responsibility of states and municipalities. The demand of voters for education, however, is little known.