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CEGA Work Sector - Institutions & Governance

Motivation

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.

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

Initiatives

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

Institutions & Governance

Video: Pro-Sociality and Political Voice - Ana Garcia-Hernandez (SEEDEC 2019)


Presentations   |   Institutions & Governance
Institutions & Governance

Video: Rent-Seeking in the Field - Inês Vilela (SEEDEC 2019)


Presentations   |   Institutions & Governance
Institutions & Governance

Video: Experimental Evidence on Female Leadership in Ethiopia - Shanthi Manian (SEEDEC 2019)


Presentations   |   Institutions & Governance
Institutions & Governance

Slides: Discrimination from Below - Experimental Evidence on Female Leadership in Ethiopia by Shanthi Manian (SEEDEC 2019)


Presentations   |   Institutions & Governance
Institutions & Governance

Slides: Rent-seeking in the Field by Inés Vilela (SEEDEC 2019)


Presentations   |   Institutions & Governance
Institutions & Governance

Slides: Pro-Sociality and Political Voice by Ana Garcia-Hernandez (SEEDEC 2019)


Presentations   |   Institutions & Governance
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