We are glad to announce the Seminar “Islamic parties and local development: Evidence from Indonesia”, which will be held by Prof. Giacomo De Luca on October 26th at 1.00 p.m. in Room 3D136 at Campus “Luigi Einaudi” in Lungo Dora Siena 100/A, Turin. It will also be web-streamed via Webex at https://unito.webex.com/meet/econstat-seminars

A light lunch will be provided.

By joining the seminar, each attendee agrees that it may be video recorded.

The seminar is part of the joint ESOMAS-Cognetti seminar series. 

Below you can find an abstract of the presented paper and a short bio of Prof. Giacomo De Luca.

Islamic parties and local development: Evidence from Indonesia

Giacomo De Luca

Free University of Bolzano

Abstract. This paper investigates the role of Islamic parties' rule on local development in Indonesia. Using a regression discontinuity (RD) design, we compare districts in which the Islamic coalition barely won or lost local elections. The analysis suggests that districts ruled by Islamic parties show a lower economic performance. Exploring the mechanisms, we find that Islamic local governments display a lower local spending and revenue, at least partly due to their restrictions on locally-taxed specific entertainment activities.

Giacomo De Luca is Professor of Economics at the Free University of Bolzano. He obtained an undergraduate degree in Politics at the University of Turin, a PhD from the University of Namur (Belgium), and was long affiliated to the University of York (UK) before joining his current position in 2020. His research focuses on development economics, economics of conflict and political economics, with particular emphasis on the role of institutions on local development.

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