In development economics, there is a lack of empirical evidence on how public goods provision, taxation, and the formation of democratic institutions relate to one another. This project utilizes a randomized evaluation across a large city in Haiti to identify which interventions are most effective for transitions from a zero-tax equilibrium to compliance as the norm. The evaluation is run in partnership with the local government and features around 600 voter precincts containing 300,000 registered voters. The project also seeks to understand what governments can do to increase citizen engagement in an emerging democracy. Thus, researchers will measure whether and how how the government’s transition efforts have affected forms of civic engagement such as voting behavior and participation in informal taxation. Results forthcoming.
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