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  • May 9, 2016

Ideas Worth Stealing: Move Pennsylvania’s Capital out of Harrisburg and back to Philadelphia

The Maine State House in Augusta.


A column appearing in Newsworks highlights a 2014 American Economic Review article about corruption in state capitals. In Isolated Capital Cities, Accountability, and Corruption: Evidence from US States authors Filipe Campante and Quoc-Anh Do find that local newspapers cover state politics when their readership lives closer to the state capital, and that residents who live far from a state capital are less likely to turn out for state elections. Perhaps as a result, isolated capitals located far from state population centers tend to see more corruption among public officials.