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Relative Age Effects in Political Selection, European Journal of Political Economy June (2018). Tukiainen, Janne; Takalo, Tuomas; Hulkkonen, Topi

Category A Peer-reviewed scientific articles
Sub-category A1 Journal article (refereed), original research
auki Internal authors
All authors as text Tukiainen, Janne; Takalo, Tuomas; Hulkkonen, Topi 
Number of authors
Status Published
Year of publication 2019 
Date 24.10.2018 
Name of article Relative Age Effects in Political Selection 
Name of journal European Journal of Political Economy
Volume of issue 58 
Number of issue June 
Pages 50-63 
Abstract We exploit a regression discontinuity design to provide causal evidence of the relative age effect (RAE) on a long-run adult age outcome: Political selection. We find strong evidence of the RAE in politics in Finland. However, the effect is heterogeneous: We find that male candidates born early in the calendar year have a significantly higher probability of getting elected to the parliament but no similar RAE applies to female candidates nor to municipal elections. Moreover, this effect only takes place in the most competitive parliamentary districts and is present only for some parties. We also find that in all the groups where the RAE does not exist, early-born candidates are under-represented suggesting attrition of talent in the candidate placement. Overall, our results show that seemingly artificial cutoffs imposed by the government have persistent consequences even on the selection to the highest positions of power within a society.
Free text descriptor in Finnish politiikka; Suomi; vaalit; sukupuoli; syntym√§aika; sukupuolierot 
Free text descriptor in English Political selection; Political competition; Gender differences; Regression discontinuity design; Relative age effect 
JEL-codes C21; D72; J13; J16; J24 
ISSN / e-ISSN 0176-2680 
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Additional information Available online 24 October 2018.
Published 15 June 2019.
Notes BoF DP 15/2018 
Open Access Not known

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