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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. ScreeningExpand
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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 modelExpand
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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 toExpand
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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 comparativeExpand
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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 schoolExpand
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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 understandingExpand
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Vote-Buying and Reciprocity
While vote-buying is common, little is known about how politicians determine who to target. We argue that vote-buying can be sustained by an internalized norm of reciprocity. Receiving moneyExpand
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Measuring the Poverty Reduction Potential of Land in Rural Mexico
While access to land is back high on the policy agenda as an instrument to attack poverty, strong reservations have been expressed as to whether this strategy can indeed be effective. To help shedExpand
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Corrupting Learning: Evidence from Missing Federal Education Funds in Brazil
This paper examines if money matters in education by looking at whether missing resources due to corruption affect student outcomes. We use data from the auditing of Brazil's local governments toExpand
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Chapter 6 – The Personnel Economics of the Developing State
Abstract Governments play a central role in facilitating economic development. Yet while economists have long emphasized the importance of government quality, historically they have paid lessExpand
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