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  • Blog post

    India 2019: Catching the clickbait generation

    A group of young people greater than the population of Germany will vote for the first time in India’s 17 Lok Sabha elections. LSE PhD student Tom Wilkinson explains why this segment of the Indian electorate has become such an important demographic during this year’s election campaign. The ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) launched a rap video for first-time voters a...

    21 May 2019 | Tom Wilkinson

  • Publication - Project Report

    “Yes to Peace” programme evaluation

    13 May 2019 | Sabrina Karim, Dao Freeman

  • Blog post

    Improving land security through community-based organisations

    Researchers and policymakers agree that secure land rights constitute a vital pillar for sustained livelihood improvements among marginalized populations, but existing solutions have been primarily top-down in orientation. Can community-based organisations help to improve land security from the ground up? Bihar state law guarantees each rural household the right to hold...

    9 May 2019 | Andre Joshua Nickow, Sanjay Kumar

  • Data Item

    Data: Using SMS data to improve Ebola models and estimate the impact of Ebola on healthcare seeking behavior in Liberia

    The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa was an exemplar for the need to rapidly measure population-level health-seeking behaviors, in order to understand healthcare utilization during emergency situations. Taking advantage of the high prevalence of mobile phones, we deployed a national SMS-poll and collected data about individual-level health and health-seeking behavior...

    7 May 2019

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    Data: Researching the impact of manager characteristics in bureaucracies

    We study how the management practices bureaucrats operate under correlate with the quantity of public services delivered, using data from the Nigerian Civil Service. We have hand‐coded independent engineering assessments of 4,700 project completion rates. We supplement this with a management survey in the bureaucracies responsible for these projects, building on Bloom and...

    7 May 2019

  • Event

    The struggle for South Sudan: Challenges of security and state formation

    South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, has experienced a rocky start to its existence as an independent nation. Although fighting has reduced in most parts of the country due to the revitalised peace deal in September 2018, conflict and related violence continue. More than 4 million people have been forced to flee their homes, 200,000 of whom are sheltering in UN...

    14 May 2019

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    Data: Evaluating policy reforms to reduce corruption

    This paper exploits quasi-experimental variation in tariffs in southern Africa to estimate trade elasticities. Traded quantities respond only weakly to a 30 percent reduction in the average nominal tariff rate. Trade flow data combined with primary data on firm behavior and bribe payments suggest that corruption is a potential explanation for the observed low elasticities....

    2 May 2019

  • Blog post

    Increasing religious awareness and professional training

    The discovery of natural gas triggered violent extremism in Northern Mozambique. Could religious awareness and professional training quell violence? [caption id="attachment_28440" align="alignnone" width="768"] Figure 1: The Economist, Aug 9th 2018.[/caption] There is vast economic and political science literature on conflict and civil wars, which mostly focuses on the...

    1 May 2019 | Inês Vilela, Pedro Vicente

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    Building a capable civil service in Liberia: The role of the Performance Management System

    Over the past thirty years, Liberia has encountered a mix of challenges, from negotiating civil war and an Ebola epidemic to welcoming the first democratic transition of power in three-quarters of a century. The recently elected Weah administration has made governance one of the four pillars of its ‘Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development’, including a push to...

    29 Apr 2019 | Patience Coleman , Erika Deserranno, Ignatius A. Geegbae , Jennifer Ljungqvist, Vincent Pons, Daniel Rogger

  • Event

    Understanding the underlying drivers of armed conflict in South Sudan

    The crisis in South Sudan remains one of the most overlooked humanitarian tragedies in the world today. Since falling into civil conflict in December 2013, South Sudanese civilians have endured repeated, ethnically based attacks and a proliferation of armed groups. An estimated 400,000 people have been killed as a result of the fighting, a third of the population (over 4.3...

    29 April 2019