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Radio and the Rise of the Nazis in Prewar Germany
How far can the media protect or undermine democratic institutions in unconsolidated democracies, and how persuasive can they be in ensuring public support for dictator's policies? We study thisExpand
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Media and Political Persuasion: Evidence from Russia
How do media affect voting behavior? What difference can an independent media outlet make in a country with state-controlled media? Our paper addresses these questions by comparing electoral outcomesExpand
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Decentralization and Political Institutions
Does fiscal decentralization lead to more efficient governance, better public goods, and higher economic growth? This paper tests Riker’s theory (1964) that the results of fiscal decentralizationExpand
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Field experiment estimate of electoral fraud in Russian parliamentary elections
Electoral fraud is a widespread phenomenon, especially outside the developed world. Despite abundant qualitative and anecdotal evidence on its existence from around the world, there is very limitedExpand
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Cross-Border Media and Nationalism: Evidence from Serbian Radio in Croatia
How do nationalistic media affect animosity between ethnic groups? We consider one of Europe's deadliest conflicts since WWII, the Serbo-Croatian conflict. We show that, after a decade of peace,Expand
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Social Media and Protest Participation: Evidence from Russia
Do new communication technologies, such as social media, reduce collective action problem? This paper provides evidence that penetration of VK, the dominant Russian online social network, affectedExpand
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Do Elected Councils Improve Governance? Experimental Evidence on Local Institutions in Afghanistan
Using data from a field experiment in 500 villages, this paper studies how local institutions affect the quality of governance, as measured by aid distribution outcomes. In villages where electedExpand
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Winning Hearts and Minds Through Development: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Afghanistan
In areas afflicted by civil conflict, development projects can potentially serve an important counterinsurgency function by redressing grievances of marginalized groups and reducing violence. Using aExpand
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Randomized Impact Evaluation of Afghanistan's National Solidarity Programme
The National Solidarity Programme (NSP) is the largest development program in Afghanistan. Since its inauguration in 2003, NSP has established 32,000 Community Development Councils (CDCs) across 361Expand
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Empowering Women Through Development Aid: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Afghanistan
In societies with widespread gender discrimination, development programs with gender quotas are considered a way to improve women’s economic, political, and social status. Using a randomized fieldExpand
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