Politician family networks and electoral outcomes: Evidence from the Philippines

Cesi Cruz, Julien Labonne, Pablo Querubín

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    We demonstrate the importance of politician social networks for electoral outcomes. Using large-scale data on family networks from over 20 million individuals in 15, 000 villages in the Philippines, we show that candidates for public office are disproportionately drawn from more central families and family network centrality contributes to higher vote shares during the elections. Consistent with our theory of political intermediation, we present evidence that family network centrality facilitates relationships of political exchange. Moreover, we show that family networks exercise an effect independent of wealth, historical elite status, or previous electoral success.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)3006-3037
    Number of pages32
    JournalAmerican Economic Review
    Issue number10
    StatePublished - Oct 2017

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics and Econometrics


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