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Exposing Corrupt Politicians: The Effects of Brazil's Publicly Released Audits on Electoral Outcomes
This paper examines the extent to which access to information enhances political accountability. Based upon the results of Brazil’s recent anti-corruption program that randomly audits municipal
Strengthening State Capabilities: The Role of Financial Incentives in the Call to Public Service
We study a recent recruitment drive for public sector positions in Mexico. Different salaries were announced randomly across recruitment sites, and job offers were subsequently randomized. Screening
Electoral Accountability and Corruption: Evidence from the Audits of Local Governments
Political institutions can affect corruption. We use audit reports from an anti-corruption program in Brazil to construct new measures of political corruption in local governments and test whether
Do Government Audits Reduce Corruption? Estimating the Impacts of Exposing Corrupt Politicians
This paper examines the extent to which government audits of public resources can reduce corruption by enhancing political and judiciary accountability. We do so in the context of Brazil’s
Can conditional cash transfer programs serve as safety nets in keeping children at school and from working when exposed to shocks
This brief summarizes the results of a gender impact evaluation study, Can Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programs serve as safety nets in keeping children at school and from working when exposed to
Who Becomes a Politician?
Can a democracy attract competent leaders, while attaining broad representation? Economic models suggest that free-riding incentives and lower opportunity costs give the less competent a comparative
Errors in the measurement of the output gap and the design of monetary policy
We exploit data on historical revisions to real-time estimates of the output gap to examine the implications of measurement error for the design of monetary policy, using the Federal Reserve's model
Economic Losers and Political Winners: Sweden’s Radical Right
We study the rise of the Sweden Democrats, a radical-right party that rose from negligible size in 2002 to Sweden’s third largest party in 2014. We use comprehensive data to study both its
Motivating Politicians: The Impacts of Monetary Incentives on Quality and Performance
Recent studies have emphasized the importance of the quality of politicians for good government and consequently economic performance. But if the quality of leadership matters, then understanding
Neighborhood Peer Effects in Secondary School Enrollment Decisions
This paper identifies neighborhood peer effects on children's school enrollment decisions using experimental evidence from the Mexican PROGRESA program. We use exogenous variation in the school