Summer Reading 2019

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Researchers in the Barcelona GSE community have written several widely-read articles on CEPR’s policy portals, VoxEU and VoxDev. In Spring 2019, VoxDev featured this article:

Accountability institutions, political capture and selection into politics

Gianmarco León (UPF and Barcelona GSE) and Lukas Kleine-Rueschkamp (OECD)

Democratic countries around the world use different institutions and accountability mechanisms to allow citizens to exert control over politicians, including re-election incentives, the free press, impeachment and recall mechanisms, among others. In contexts where state capacity is low, however, the implementation of these institutions may make them prone to being used by political interest groups or the elite in ways not originally intended, leading to undesirable outcomes.


The Barcelona GSE Focus will return in September with new articles and videos.