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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.

  • UK Aid from the British People
  • Oxford Policy Management
  • Paris School of Economics
  • University of Namur, and Aide à la Décision Economique


Economic Development and Institutions

To identify institutional reforms that can drive inclusive economic growth, CEGA has joined a consortium of organizations, leading Economic Development and Institutions (EDI). A core component of EDI is a portfolio of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that test a set of key institutional reforms, in partnership with governments in Africa and Asia. To date, we have supported 14 full-scale RCTs and 16 pilots in 12 different countries. EDI-funded studies address how incentives, information campaigns, and selection processes can promote change in legal and political...

Institutions & Governance Research

Institutions & Governance

Institutional reform and de facto women's rights

Erica Field
Institutions & GovernanceWork & Education

Engaging Citizens to Address Company-Community Conflict in Mines

Graeme Blair
Institutions & Governance

Politician Entry, Selection, and Performance in Sierra Leone

Katherine Casey
Institutions & Governance

Training Politicians to Better Serve

Siwan Anderson
Institutions & Governance

The Political Economy and Governance of Rural Electrification

Catherine Wolfram
Institutions & Governance

Who's Bogus? Catching Fraudulent Firms in Delhi

Aprajit Mahajan
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Institutions & Governance Resources

Global NetworksInstitutions & Governance

How Transparency Affects Distributional Politics: A Field Experiment among Elected Politicians in Malawi

Research Publications   |   Institutions & Governance
Global NetworksInstitutions & Governance

Honor among Chiefs: An Experiment on Transparency and Leakage in Malawi

Research Publications   |   Institutions & Governance
Global NetworksInstitutions & Governance

Reducing or Reinforcing In-Group Preferences? An Experiment on Information and Ethnic Voting

Research Publications   |   Institutions & Governance
Global NetworksInstitutions & Governance

Indirect Colonial Rule Undermines Support for Democracy: Evidence From a Natural Experiment in Namibia

Research Publications   |   Institutions & Governance
Global NetworksInstitutions & Governance

On the Legacies of Wartime Governance

Research Publications   |   Institutions & Governance
Global NetworksInstitutions & Governance

A Market Equilibrium Approach to Reduce the Incidence of Vote-Buying: Evidence from Uganda

Research Publications   |   Institutions & Governance
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