• Publications
  • Influence
Decentralization of Governance and Development
In this paper we note that the institutional context (and therefore the structure of incentives and organization) in developing and transition economies is quite different from those in advancedExpand
  • 1,447
  • 137
  • PDF
Credit Markets and Patterns of International Trade
Abstract Even with identical technology or endowments between countries comparative costs may differ in a world of credit market imperfection. We have explored two kinds of such imperfection, oneExpand
  • 365
  • 23
  • PDF
Pro-poor targeting and accountability of local governments in West Bengal
A commonly alleged pitfall of decentralization is that poverty, socio-economic inequality and lack of political competition allow local elites to capture local governments. This hypothesis isExpand
  • 280
  • 17
  • PDF
Impact of Political Reservations in West Bengal Local Governments on Anti-Poverty Targeting
Political reservation for disadvantaged groups is believed to be a way of improving targeting of publicly provided goods to those groups. This paper examines the impact of political reservations forExpand
  • 124
  • 17
  • PDF
Decentralisation and Accountability in Infrastructure Delivery in Developing Countries
Many developing countries are experimenting with decentralisation of public service delivery to elected local governments instead of bureaucrats appointed by a central government. We study theExpand
  • 436
  • 16
  • PDF
The Environmental Impact of Poverty: Evidence from Firewood Collection in Rural Nepal
We investigate determinants of household firewood collection in rural Nepal, using 1995–96 and 2002–3 World Bank Living Standards Measurement Survey (LSMS) data. We incorporate village fixed effects,Expand
  • 126
  • 16
  • PDF
Institutions and Development
It is now common in the institutional economics literature to define institutions in the very general sense of rules of structured social interaction. In any society there is, of course, a plethoraExpand
  • 107
  • 14
  • PDF
Globalization and Rural Poverty
As is common in most contentious public debates, different people mean different things by globalization. Some interpret it to mean the global reach of new technology and capital movements, someExpand
  • 110
  • 13
  • PDF
Scarcity, Conflicts, and Cooperation: Essays in the Political and Institutional Economics of Development
This wide-ranging review of some of the major issues in development economics focuses on the role of economic and political institutions. Drawing on the latest findings in institutional economics andExpand
  • 189
  • 13
  • PDF
Institutions matter, but which ones?
The purpose of this paper is to go beyond the narrow focus of the current institutional economics literature in development on the institutions protecting individual property rights, and to look atExpand
  • 177
  • 13
  • PDF