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    Data: Understanding fiscal capacity in developing economies: Firms as third-party tax enforcers

    This paper presents a simple agency model to explain why third-party income reporting by employers dramatically improves income tax enforcement. Modern firms have a large number of employees and carry out complex production tasks, which requires the use of accurate business records. Because such records are widely used within the firm, any single employee can denounce...

    28 Feb 2019

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    Data: Variation in Infrastructure Delivery and Management Quality Among Ghana’s Local Governments

    Many infrastructure projects in developing countries are started but never finished. Despite the vast resources invested in infrastructure and the obvious inefficiency of abandoning projects mid-construction, there is little research on this problem. I have collected, digitized, and coded administrative records of over 14,000 local government infrastructure projects in...

    27 Feb 2019

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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

  • 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

  • Case Study: State

    Election debates to increase political accountability

    Our research has found that giving voters access to information can significantly improve their knowledge and increase democratic participation.

    15 Jan 2019

  • Project

    Evaluation of National Community Driven Development Project (NCDDP) Myanmar

    Since January 2013, the Department of Rural Development (DRD) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI) has been implementing the National Community Driven Development Project (NCDDP) with support from the World Bank and other development partners (DPs). The objective of the project is to enable poor rural communities to benefit from improved access...

    8 Jan 2019 | Erica Field, Luke Fesko, Federica Esu

  • Blog post

    Challenges and choices in the Rwandan education system: R3 roundtable discussion

    Education is a vital part of any economic growth strategy. However, implementation in Rwanda must overcome a number of challenges including dropout rates, nutrition, teaching hours, teacher recruitment and management, and the need to develop a reading culture. In this blog post, Jonathan Bower describes presentations by researchers from Laterite and from Georgetown...

    7 Jan 2019 | Jonathan Bower

  • Blog post

    Designing national healthcare: Challenges and opportunities for Ayushman Bharat

    As India’s population ages, the demand for tertiary healthcare to treat non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular ailments is increasing rapidly. Estimates from the World Health Organisation show that deaths in India due to non-communicable diseases increased from 4.2 million in 2000 to 5.8 million in 2016. Over the same period, deaths...

    17 Dec 2018 | Sisir Debnath, Dibya Mishra , Tarun Jain, Revathy Suryanarayana

  • Blog post

    Are women politicians good for economic growth?

    There has been a phenomenal global increase in the proportion of women in politics in the last two decades. We find that constituencies that elect women experience significantly higher growth in economic activity through the electoral term than similar constituencies that elect men.

    4 Dec 2018 | Sonia Bhalotra

  • Publication - Project Report

    Decentralisation and candidate selection

    15 Nov 2018 | Rohini Pande, Michael Callen, Saad Gulzar, Soledad Artiz Prillaman