Samuel Bazzi is a professor of economics at the University of California, San Diego. He previously taught at Boston University and served as a visiting assistant professor at MIT in 2017. He is a faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Samuel received his PhD in Economics from the UC San Diego.
With slightly more than one year until the United States presidential election, electoral campaigns are about to ramp up. These quadrennial elections, like so many others in democracies worldwide, will mobilize thousands of campaign workers who play an integral role in shaping candidates’ electoral performance. Yet, little is known about these workers and how the experience of working in a campaign shapes their professional lives. This column describes the findings from a new study on the career trajectories of campaign labor in Brazil, showing that connections forged on a campaign provide qualified workers with better employment and earnings opportunities. This article was originally published in VoxEU.
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