Longevity returns to political office

Sebastian Barfort, Robert Klemmensen, Erik Gahner Larsen

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Abstract

Does political office cause worse or better longevity prospects? Two perspectives in the literature offer contradicting answers. First, increased income, social status, and political connections obtained through holding office can increase longevity. Second, increased stress and working hours associated with holding office can have detrimental effects on longevity. To provide causal evidence, we exploit a regression discontinuity design with unique data on the longevity of candidates for US gubernatorial office. The results show that politicians winning a close election live 5-10 years longer than candidates who lose.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPolitical Science Research and Methods
Volume9
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)658-664
ISSN2049-8470
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021

Keywords

  • Comparative politics: political behavior
  • comparative politics: political institutions
  • elections and campaigns
  • experimental research
  • political psychology

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Longevity returns to political office'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this