Group size and collective action: Evidence from Bangladesh

In the absence of an effective state, groups of people must work together and take collective action to provide public goods and services. There is remarkably little robust empirical evidence to evaluate theories on why collective action often fails, and under which circumstances it might succeed, in particular, the effect of group size on ability to take collection action.

This project aims will provide the first causal empirical evidence of the effect of group size on collective action, within the context of a program to provide safe drinking water in rural Bangladesh.