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CEGA Initiative - Economic Development and Institutions

Economic Development and Institutions

Motivation

Governments and civil society groups around the world are seeking new ways to create economic opportunities and provide critical public services. However, identifying innovations that promote change requires better access to data, research, and the results of rigorous evaluations. Few forums exist for government, civil society innovators, and other partners to build the systems and capacities needed to use this type of evidence. Rarer still are opportunities for public officials to reflect on their work and build the partnerships necessary to sustain reforms in the long-term.

The Economic Development & Institutions (EDI) program aims to address these knowledge gaps and build the evidence base needed for inclusive, sustainable economic growth across the developing world. A core component of EDI is a portfolio of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that test key institutional reforms, in partnership with governments in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Led by CEGA researchers, this portfolio is demand-driven, with research projects based on the interests of partner governments and civil society counterparts. We embed RCTs within a series of planned interventions or policy changes, and then evaluate impacts on public sector performance and accountability. Studies are linked together to draw a broader set of conclusions about policy reforms and growth.

Major Activities

Since its inception, EDI has built a portfolio of 14 full-scale and 16 pilot randomized evaluations in 12 countries around the world. Each study evaluates an active policy reform in collaboration with leading government and civil society counterparts, including the Judiciary of Kenya, Mexico City Labor Court, the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women, and the Rwanda Education Board, among many others. Our goal is to provide rigorous evaluation in support of these policy decisions while also contributing to the global public understanding of accountability and performance within public institutions.

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Partners
  • UK Aid from the British People
  • Oxford Policy Management
  • Paris School of Economics
  • Universitē de Namur
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EDI Research

Institutions & GovernanceWork & Education

Recruitment, Effort, and Retention Effects of Performance Contracts for Civil Servants


Andrew Zeitlin
Data & MeasurementInstitutions & GovernanceTechnology

Measuring the Effect of Technological Improvements and Compliance Nudges on Property Taxes


Marc Gurgand
Institutions & Governance

Using Administrative Data Systems to Improve Court Efficiency


Bilal Siddiqi
Institutions & Governance

Using Digital Trails to Improve Management and Accountability for Public Service


Rohini Pande
Institutions & Governance

Relaxing credit constraints and tenure insecurity in imperfect markets


Markus Goldstein
Institutions & Governance

Labor Courts Mexico


Joyce Sadka
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EDI Resources

Institutions & Governance

Economic Development and Institutions Matchmaking Event Booklet


Event Collateral   |   Institutions & Governance
Institutions & Governance

At the Intersection: A Review of Institutions in Economic Development


Research Publications   |   Institutions & Governance
Institutions & Governance

Twenty Questions: What Works for Institutions and Economic Development


Research Publications   |   Institutions & Governance
Institutions & Governance

Justice for All? Assessing ‘What Works’ to Improve Women’s Access to Legal Services


Reports & Policy Briefs   |   Institutions & Governance
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