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    Data: Tournaments for postings: Using transfers and postings as an incentive for property tax inspectors in Pakistan

    Bureaucracies often post staff to better or worse locations, ostensibly to provide incentives. Yet we know little about whether this works, with heterogeneity in preferences over postings impacting effectiveness. We propose a performance-ranked serial dictatorship mechanism, whereby bureaucrats sequentially choose desired locations in order of performance. We evaluate this...

    27 Feb 2019

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    Data: Political violence in Pakistan: Understanding subnational patterns

    Political violence has long been endemic in Pakistan, but the scale, scope, and geographic distribution of the problem has not been systematically studied. On the policy side, decision makers lack credible quantitative data with which to weigh the relative costs of politically-motivated violence against the many other challenges facing Pakistan. On the academic side,...

    27 Feb 2019

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    Data: The impact of electronic procurement of public works contracts in Indonesia and India

    Poorly functioning, and often corrupt, public procurement procedures are widely faulted for the low quality of infrastructure provision in developing countries. Can electronic procurement (e-procurement), which reduces both the cost of acquiring tender information and personal interaction between bidders and procurement ocials, ameliorate these problems? In this paper we...

    27 Feb 2019

  • Project

    Property taxation with flat rate systems in Tanzania

    The property tax system that the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) inherited has a low proportion of total properties registered and an even smaller proportion valuated. It uses a valuation method that is regressive, expensive and significantly undervalues properties, and the effective tax rates are minuscule once true property value is taken into account. A flat tax...

    26 Feb 2019 | Mihaly Kopanyi, Tamim Amijee

  • 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...

    25 Feb 2019 | Andre Joshua Nickow, Sanjay Kumar

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Maternal mortality in urban and rural Tanzania: Social determinants and health system efficiency

    Maternal mortality rates (MMRs) in Tanzania have remained stubbornly high over the last decade, at around 500 per 100,000 live births. Previous research indicates unequal burden of MMRs and large variations across regions. This brief uses the 2015/16 Tanzania Demographic Health Survey (TDHS) and 2012 National Census to provide an overview of MMRs. The brief...

    22 Feb 2019 | Josephine Shabani, Gemma Todd, Anna Nswilla , Godfrey Mbaruku

  • News Item

    New book examines solutions to the South Sudan conflict

    A new book provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of the South Sudan conflict – what contributed to it and what is needed to end it. The Struggle for South Sudan: Challenges of Security and State Formation discusses realistic solutions to the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. The book, sponsored by the London School of Economics and...

    19 Feb 2019

  • Publication - Project Report

    The relationship between influential actors’ language and violence: A Kenyan case study using artificial intelligence

    This background study is published by the LSE-Oxford Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development.

    14 Feb 2019 | Chris Mahony, Eduardo Albrecht, Murat Sensoy

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    Data: Bidding for roads

    Politically-driven corruption is a pervasive challenge for development, but evidence of its welfare effects are scarce. Using data from a major rural road construction programme in India we document political influence in a setting where politicians have no official role in contracting decisions. Exploiting close elections to identify the causal effect of coming to power,...

    12 Feb 2019

  • Publication - Project Report

    Uptake and impacts of mobile apps for improving state effectiveness

    7 Feb 2019 | Andrea Di Miceli, Russell Toth