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I am a PhD candidate at the Department of Economics at Uppsala University. I am also affiliated with Uppsala Centre for Fiscal Studies (UCFS). My research interests are public economics and political economy, with a particular focus on how political institutions affect public finances.
This paper studies how a politician's term length affects public finances. I test whether the gradual increase from two-to four-year terms for American governors affects state finances using a rich state-year panel stretching back almost a century. The results show that adopting four-year terms decreases annual expenditures and revenues by 6 %. The...