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What do teachers know and do ? does it matter ? evidence from primary schools in Africa (English)

School enrollment has universally increased over the past 25 years in low-income countries. However, enrolling in school does not guarantee that children learn. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7956 JAN 26, 2017

Bold,Tessa; Filmer,Deon P.; Martin,Gayle; Molina,Ezequiel; Rockmore,Christophe; Stacy,Brian William; Svensson,Jakob; Wane,Waly Disclosed

Using lotteries to incentivize safer sexual behavior : evidence from a randomized controlled trial on HIV prevention (English)

Financial incentives are a promising HIV prevention strategy. This paper assesses the effect on HIV incidence of a lottery program in Lesotho with low expected payments but a chance to win a high prize conditional on negative test results for sexually transmitted infections. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7215 MAR 18, 2015

Nyqvist,Martina Björkman; Corno,Lucia; De Walque,Damien B. C. M.; Svensson,Jakob Disclosed

Information is power : experimental evidence on the long-run impact of community based monitoring (English)

This paper presents the results of two field experiments on local accountability in primary health care in Uganda. Efforts to stimulate beneficiary control, coupled with the provision of report cards on staff performance, resulted in significant improvements in health care delivery and health outcomes in both the short and the longer run. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7015 AUG 01, 2014

Nyqvist, Martina Bjorkman; de Walque, Damien; Svensson, Jakob Disclosed

Power to the people : evidence from a randomized field experiment on community-based monitoring in Uganda (English)

This brief summarizes the results of a gender impact evaluation study, entitled Power to the people : evidence from a randomized field experiment on community-based monitoring in Uganda, intervention started in 2004 and consisted of a training and a six month follow up in Uganda. ... See More +

Brief 81449 AUG 14, 2013

Bjorkman, Martina; Svensson, Jakob Disclosed

Delivering service indicators in education and health in Africa : a proposal (English)

The Delivering Service Indicators seek to provide a set of indices for benchmarking service delivery performance in education and health in Africa in order to track progress in and across countries over time. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5327 JUN 01, 2010

Bold, Tessa; Gauthier, Bernard; Svensson, Jakob; Wane, Waly Disclosed

Power to the people : evidence from a randomized field experiment of a community-based monitoring project in Uganda (English)

This paper analyzes the importance of strengthening the relationship of accountability between health service providers and citizens for improving access to and quality of health care. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4268 JUN 01, 2007

Bjorkman, Martina; Svensson, Jakob Disclosed

The power of information : evidence from a newspaper campaign to reduce capture (English)

The authors exploit an unusual policy experiment to evaluate the effects of increased public access to information as a tool to reduce capture and corruption of public funds. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS3239 MAR 01, 2004

Reinikka, Ritva; Svensson, Jakob;

Survey techniques to measure and explain corruption (English)

Reinikka and Svensson demonstrate that, with appropriate survey methods and interview techniques, it is possible to collect quantitative micro-level data on corruption. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS3071 JUN 30, 2003

Reinikka, Ritva; Svensson, Jakob

Working for God ? evaluating service delivery of religious not-for-profit health care providers in Uganda (English)

Reinikka and Svensson exploit a unique micro-level data set on primary health care facilities in Uganda to address the question: What motivates religious not-for-profit (RNP) health care providers? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS3058 MAY 31, 2003

Reinikka, Ritva; Svensson, Jakob

Survey tools for assessing service delivery (English)

This paper is intended to guide those who wish to undertake the Public Expenditure Tracking Surveys/Quantitative Service Delivery Surveys (PETS/QSDS). ... See More +

Working Paper 30342 JUN 01, 2002

Dehn, Jan; Reinikka, Ritva; Svensson, Jakob

Measuring and understanding corruption at the micro level (English)

The literature has provided important insights on the aggregate determinants of corruption, but it also drawbacks. In particular, the use of perception indices raises concern about perception biases. ... See More +

Working Paper 28021 JAN 01, 2002

Reinikka, Ritva; Svensson, Jakob

Explaining leakage of public funds (English)

Using panel data from a unique survey of public primary schools in Uganda, The authors assess the degree of leakage of public funds in education. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS2709 NOV 30, 2001

Reinikka, Ritva; Svensson, Jakob

Who must pay bribes and how much? Evidence from a cross-section of firms (English)

The author exploits a unique data set on corruption containing information about estimated bribe payments by Ugandan firms. To guide the empirical analysis, he develops a simple rent-extortion model, which yields predictions on both the incidence of bribery, and the amount paid. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS2486 NOV 30, 2000

Svensson, Jakob

Are corruption and taxation really harmful to growth? - firm-level evidence (English)

Exploiting a unique data set containing information about the estimated bribe payments of Ugandan firms, the authors study the relationship between bribe payments, taxes, and firm growth in Uganda for the period 1995-97. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS2485 NOV 30, 2000

Fisman, Raymond; Svensson, Jakob

How inadequate provision of public infrastructure and services affects private investment (English)

Lack of private investment is a serious policy problem in many developing countries, especially in Africa. Despite recent structural reform and stabilization, the investment response to date has been mixed, even among the strongest reformers. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS2262 DEC 31, 1999

Reinikka, Ritva; Svensson, Jakob

Confronting competition - investment response and constraints in Uganda (English)

Investment rates in Uganda are similar to others in Africa, - averaging slightly more than ten percent annually, with a median value of just under one percent. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS2242 NOV 30, 1999

Reinikka, Ritva; Svensson, Jakob

What explains the success or failure of structural adjustment programs? (English)

In the 1980s development assistance shifted largely from financing investments (such as roads and dams) to promoting policy reform. This change came because of a growing awareness that developing countries were held back more by poor policies than by a lack of finance for investment. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS1938 JUN 30, 1998

Dollar, David; Svensson, Jakob

Foreign aid and rent-seeking (English)

To address the relationship between concessional assistance, corruption, and other types of rent-seeking activities, the author provides a simple game-theoretic rent-seeking model. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS1880 FEB 28, 1998

Svensson, Jakob

When is foreign aid policy credible : aid dependence and conditionality (English)

The author studies foreign aid policy within a principal-agent framework. He shows that one reason for foreign aid's poor overall record may be a moral hazard problem that shapes the aid recipient s incentive to undertake structural reform. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS1740 MAR 31, 1997

Svensson, Jakob

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What do teachers know and do ? does it matter ? evidence from primary schools in Africa (English)
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JAN 26, 2017 WPS7956 Policy Research Working Paper
Using lotteries to incentivize safer sexual behavior : evidence from a randomized controlled trial on HIV prevention (English)
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MAR 18, 2015 WPS7215 Policy Research Working Paper
Information is power : experimental evidence on the long-run impact of community based monitoring (English)
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AUG 01, 2014 WPS7015 Policy Research Working Paper
Power to the people : evidence from a randomized field experiment on community-based monitoring in Uganda (English)
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AUG 14, 2013 81449 Brief
Delivering service indicators in education and health in Africa : a proposal (English)
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JUN 01, 2010 WPS5327 Policy Research Working Paper
Power to the people : evidence from a randomized field experiment of a community-based monitoring project in Uganda (English)
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JUN 01, 2007 WPS4268 Policy Research Working Paper
The power of information : evidence from a newspaper campaign to reduce capture (English)
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MAR 01, 2004 WPS3239 Policy Research Working Paper
Survey techniques to measure and explain corruption (English)
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JUN 30, 2003 WPS3071 Policy Research Working Paper
Working for God ? evaluating service delivery of religious not-for-profit health care providers in Uganda (English)
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MAY 31, 2003 WPS3058 Policy Research Working Paper
Survey tools for assessing service delivery (English)
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JUN 01, 2002 30342 Working Paper
Measuring and understanding corruption at the micro level (English)
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JAN 01, 2002 28021 Working Paper
Explaining leakage of public funds (English)
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NOV 30, 2001 WPS2709 Policy Research Working Paper
Who must pay bribes and how much? Evidence from a cross-section of firms (English)
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NOV 30, 2000 WPS2486 Policy Research Working Paper
Are corruption and taxation really harmful to growth? - firm-level evidence (English)
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NOV 30, 2000 WPS2485 Policy Research Working Paper
How inadequate provision of public infrastructure and services affects private investment (English)
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DEC 31, 1999 WPS2262 Policy Research Working Paper
Confronting competition - investment response and constraints in Uganda (English)
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NOV 30, 1999 WPS2242 Policy Research Working Paper
What explains the success or failure of structural adjustment programs? (English)
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JUN 30, 1998 WPS1938 Policy Research Working Paper
Foreign aid and rent-seeking (English)
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FEB 28, 1998 WPS1880 Policy Research Working Paper
When is foreign aid policy credible : aid dependence and conditionality (English)
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MAR 31, 1997 WPS1740 Policy Research Working Paper