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CEGA Work Sector - Institutions & Governance


Our portfolio of research on Institutions and Governance aims to both improve the performance of governments, and expand citizen participation in public decision-making. Increasingly, both public sector and community-based institutions are experimenting with strategies for reform, creating exciting opportunities for researchers to document what works and what doesn’t. Our portfolio includes studies of reforms designed to reduce corruption, inform and engage voters, and hold politicians accountable for their commitments. Often these strategies leverage advances in information technology to monitor public sector performance and provide information to citizens. We also draw on techniques from behavioral science to design tools for recruiting and incentivizing public servants and politicians. Our studies generate insights from household surveys, administrative data, and new digital data streams, often working in countries where data are scarce, think tanks are overwhelmed, and public sector accountability is limited. Ultimately, we aim to provide stakeholders with the evidence needed to effect positive change, while contributing to a broader understanding of the role of governance and institutions in promoting human development.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
  • Oxford Policy Management
  • Paris School of Economics
  • University of Namur, and Aide à la Décision Economique


Institutions & Governance Research

Institutions & Governance

Institutional reform and de facto women's rights

Erica Field | Pakistan
Institutions & GovernanceWork & Education

Engaging Citizens to Address Company-Community Conflict in Mines

Graeme Blair | South Africa
Institutions & Governance

Politician Entry, Selection, and Performance in Sierra Leone

Katherine Casey | Sierra Leone
Institutions & Governance

Training Politicians to Better Serve

Siwan Anderson | India
Institutions & Governance

The Political Economy and Governance of Rural Electrification

Catherine Wolfram | Kenya
Institutions & Governance

Who's Bogus? Catching Fraudulent Firms in Delhi

Aprajit Mahajan | India
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Institutions & Governance Resources

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The Economics of the Public Option: Evidence from Pharmaceutical Markets

Working Paper   |   Health & Psychology
Institutions & Governance

Rethinking Transparency: Corruption in Local Public Office in India

Working Paper   |   Institutions & Governance
Institutions & Governance

Long Run Effects of Aid: Forecasts and Evidence from Sierra Leone

Working Paper   |   Institutions & Governance
Institutions & Governance

Does Decentralization Encourage Pro-Poor Targeting Evidence from Kenya’s Constituencies Development Fund

Working Paper   |   Institutions & Governance
Institutions & Governance

The Electoral Consequences of Mass Religious Events

Working Paper   |   Institutions & Governance
Institutions & Governance

Public Trust, Policing, and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence from an Electoral Authoritarian Regime

Working Paper   |   Institutions & Governance
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