Philip Keefer

Philip Keefer is a Principal Economic Advisor at the Inter-American Development Bank. Prior to this he served as a Lead Research Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. The focus of his work, based on experience in countries ranging from Bangladesh, Benin, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic to Indonesia, México, Perú and Pakistan, is the determinants of political incentives to pursue economic development. His research, on issues such as the impact of insecure property rights on growth; the effects of political credibility on policy; the sources of political credibility in democracies and autocracies; and the influence of political parties on conflict, political budget cycles, and public sector reform, has appeared in journals ranging from the Quarterly Journal of Economics to the American Political Science Review.

Content by Philip Keefer
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    How to pay public servants: Rewarding ability and performance

    Why the public sector should end flat pay schemes. In today’s blog, Sheheryar Banuri and Philip Keefer use experimental evidence from Indonesia to illustrate that in cases when monitoring job-performance proves too costly, paying for ability can be as effective, but cheaper to implement, as pay for performance schemes. This post forms part of a cross-blog series on the...

    5 Oct 2015 | Sheheryar Banuri, Philip Keefer

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    Transparency: Who does it hold accountable?

    Transparency and accountability of government are considered core institutions for political and economic development. Yet, an issue that often gets obscured is whether by increasing information provision, and thus further enabling private citizens’ to help themselves, greater transparency actually relieves government officials of certain responsibilities

    19 Jan 2015 | Stuti Khemani, Philip Keefer