Institutions & Political Economy
NGOs and the effectiveness of interventions: Evidence from India
Prior engagement with NGOs boosts intervention effectiveness, which should be accounted for when evaluating research conducted with local...
How relative poverty influences responses to social protection programmes: Evidence from Pakistan
Feelings of relative poverty engender political support among cash transfer recipients, while such feelings erode political support among non-...
Elite control and development in Brazil
How do changes in the concentration of political power affect long-run development?
Polygyny and the economic determinants of family formation outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa
Changing economic conditions have differing impacts on women’s marital outcomes and family formation in polygynous vs non-polygynous areas
Chinese foreign aid: Can self-interest benefit recipients?
China's domestic political needs drive much of its foreign aid to other countries – yet this aid has potentially large economic benefits for...
The effects of food scarcity on trusting behaviour: Evidence from Tanzania
Food scarcity decreases trust among Tanzanian farmers, reducing the resilience of affected communities
Political power-sharing, firm entry, and economic growth: Evidence from India
Politicians who share power impose checks and balances on each other, improving local governance and leading to better economic outcomes.
Does faster public service delivery decrease corruption? Evidence from the Bangladesh Civil Service
Providing performance feedback on delays in public service delivery speeds up bureaucrats, but faster delivery does not decrease corruption. Instead...
How does social media influence democracy? Evidence from WhatsApp in India
Social media groups can improve voter knowledge, but may also increase polarisation in political preferences