Guo Xu is a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics. His research focuses on the selection, recruitment and allocation of talent within private and public sector organizations. He can be found on Twitter @guoxu_econ or www.guoxu.org
Content by Guo Xu
Publication - Project Report
Este estudo tem como objectivo caracterizar as práticas de gestão escolar existentes em escolas secundárias em Moçambique. Durante os últimos dez anos, o World Management Survey (WMS), iniciativa da London School of Economics (LSE), tem realizado pesquisas, com uma metodologia específica, sobre práticas de gestão em mais de vinte países e em diferentes sectores,...
Publication - Policy Brief
This project examines whether better financial management capabilities of local authorities and school directors improves the delivery of education services in the developing world. Compared to the private sector, little is known about the role of financial management capital in the public sector. Particularly in the context of underperforming education systems in the...
Publication - Working Paper
The recruitment and allocation of bureaucratic talent: Evidence from the administration of the British Empire
A major concern for policymakers today is that patronage (discretionary appointment to public office) undermines the quality of governance. The impact of patronage, however, still remains poorly understood. Using historical personnel and public finance data from the administration of the British Empire, I study how a major civil service reform affected the allocation...
When promotions are more about whom you know than what you know, chances are that the top jobs, even in the public sector, don’t go to the most ablest or hardest working employees, but to the best connected. This can affect the ability of bureaucracies to regulate, implement reforms and provide public resources conducive to development and growth. Today's blog looks at...