Skill Versus Voice in Local Development

70 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2018 Last revised: 16 May 2021

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Katherine Casey

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Rachel Glennerster

Government of the United Kingdom - Department for International Development (DFID)

Edward Miguel

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Maarten Voors

Wageningen UR

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Date Written: September 2018

Abstract

Where the state is weak, traditional authorities control the local provision of public goods. These leaders come from an older, less educated generation and often rule in an authoritarian and exclusionary fashion. This means the skills of community members may not be leveraged in policy making. We experimentally evaluate two solutions to this problem in Sierra Leone: one encourages delegation to higher skill individuals and a second fosters broader inclusion in decision-making. In a real-world infrastructure grants competition, a public nudge to delegate lead to better outcomes than the default of chiefly control, whereas attempts to boost participation were largely ineffective.

Suggested Citation

Casey, Katherine and Glennerster, Rachel and Miguel, Edward and Voors, Maarten, Skill Versus Voice in Local Development (September 2018). NBER Working Paper No. w25022, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3250539

Katherine Casey (Contact Author)

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Rachel Glennerster

Government of the United Kingdom - Department for International Development (DFID) ( email )

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Edward Miguel

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics ( email )

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Maarten Voors

Wageningen UR ( email )

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