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Radio's impact on preferences for patronage benefits (English)

Citizens in developing countries support politicians who provide patronage or clientelist benefits, such as government jobs and gifts at the time of elections. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6932 JUN 01, 2014

Keefer, Philip; Khemani, Stuti Disclosed

Intrinsic motivation, effort and the call to public service (English)

Pay schemes in the public sector aim to attract motivated, high-ability applicants. A nascent literature has found positive effects of higher pay on ability and no or slightly positive effects on motivation. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6729 DEC 01, 2013

Banuri, Sheheryar; Keefer, Philip Disclosed

The organization of political parties and the politics of bureaucratic reform (English)

Bureaucratic reform is a priority of donor organizations, including the World Bank, but is notoriously difficult to implement. In many countries, politicians have little interest in the basic financial and personnel management systems that are essential to political oversight of bureaucratic performance. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6686 NOV 01, 2013

Cruz, Cesi; Keefer, Philip Disclosed

Political budget cycles and the organization of political parties (English)

This paper introduces a new explanation for political budget cycles: politicians have stronger incentives to increase spending around elections in the presence of younger political parties. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6654 OCT 01, 2013

Hanusch, Marek; Keefer, Philip Disclosed

Promises, promises : vote-buying and the electoral mobilization strategies of non-credible politicians (English)

Vote-buying is pervasive, but not everywhere. What explains significant variations across countries in the greater use of pre-electoral transfers to mobilize voters relative to the use of pre-electoral promises of post-electoral transfers? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6653 OCT 01, 2013

Hanusch, Marek; Keefer, Philip Disclosed

Income risk, income mobility and welfare (English)

This paper develops a framework for the quantitative analysis of individual income dynamics, mobility and welfare. Individual income is assumed to follow a stochastic process with two (unobserved) components, component representing measurement error or transitory income shocks and an Autoregressive (AR(1)) component representing persistent changes in income. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6254 OCT 01, 2012

Krebs, Tom; Krishna, Pravin; Maloney, William F. Disclosed

Experiments in culture and corruption : a review (English)

Two decades of empirical evaluation have shown that corruption has a negative impact on economic growth, political stability, judicial effectiveness, democratization, educational attainment, and equality of income. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6064 MAY 01, 2012

Banuri, Sheheryar; Eckel, Catherine Disclosed

Good countries or good projects ? macro and micro correlates of World Bank project performance (English)

The authors use data from more than 6,000 World Bank projects evaluated between 1983 and 2009 to investigate macro and micro correlates of project outcomes. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5646 MAY 01, 2011

Denizer, Cevdet; Kaufmann, Daniel; Kraay, Aart Disclosed

Does respondent reticence affect the results of corruption surveys ? evidence from the world bank enterprise survey for Nigeria (English)

A potential concern with survey-based data on corruption is that respondents may not be fully candid in their responses to sensitive questions. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5415 SEP 01, 2010

Clausen, Bianca; Kraay, Aart; Murrell, Peter Disclosed

Can disaggregated indicators identify governance reform priorities ? (English)

Many highly-disaggregated cross-country indicators of institutional quality and the business environment have been developed in recent years. The promise of these indicators is that they can be used to identify specific reform priorities that policymakers and aid donors can target in their efforts to improve institutional and regulatory quality outcomes. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5254 MAR 01, 2010

Kraay, Aart; Tawara, Norikazu Disclosed

The ethnicity distraction ? political credibility and partisan preferences in Africa (English)

Much of the research on ethnicity, development and conflict implicitly assumes that ethnic groups act collectively in pursuit of their interests. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5236 MAR 01, 2010

Keefer, Philip Disclosed

Earthquake propensity and the politics of mortality prevention (English)

Governments can significantly reduce earthquake mortality by implementing and enforcing quake-proof construction regulation. The authors examine why many governments do not. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5182 JAN 01, 2010

Keefer, Philip; Neumayer, Eric; Plumper, Thomas Disclosed

Dysfunctional finance : positive shocks and negative outcomes (English)

This paper shows how badly a market economy may respond to a positive productivity shock in an environment with asymmetric information about project quality: some, all, or even more than all the benefits from the increase in productivity may be dissipated. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5183 JAN 01, 2010

Hoff, Karla Disclosed

Populist fiscal policy (English)

Political economy explanations for fiscal profligacy are dominated by models of bargaining among organized interest groups over group-specific targeted benefits financed by generalized taxation. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4762 OCT 01, 2008

Khemani, Stuti; Wane, Waly Disclosed

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Radio's impact on preferences for patronage benefits (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6932 Policy Research Working Paper
Intrinsic motivation, effort and the call to public service (English)
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DEC 01, 2013 WPS6729 Policy Research Working Paper
The organization of political parties and the politics of bureaucratic reform (English)
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NOV 01, 2013 WPS6686 Policy Research Working Paper
Political budget cycles and the organization of political parties (English)
See More +
OCT 01, 2013 WPS6654 Policy Research Working Paper
Promises, promises : vote-buying and the electoral mobilization strategies of non-credible politicians (English)
See More +
OCT 01, 2013 WPS6653 Policy Research Working Paper
Income risk, income mobility and welfare (English)
See More +
OCT 01, 2012 WPS6254 Policy Research Working Paper
Experiments in culture and corruption : a review (English)
See More +
MAY 01, 2012 WPS6064 Policy Research Working Paper
Good countries or good projects ? macro and micro correlates of World Bank project performance (English)
See More +
MAY 01, 2011 WPS5646 Policy Research Working Paper
Does respondent reticence affect the results of corruption surveys ? evidence from the world bank enterprise survey for Nigeria (English)
See More +
SEP 01, 2010 WPS5415 Policy Research Working Paper
Can disaggregated indicators identify governance reform priorities ? (English)
See More +
MAR 01, 2010 WPS5254 Policy Research Working Paper
The ethnicity distraction ? political credibility and partisan preferences in Africa (English)
See More +
MAR 01, 2010 WPS5236 Policy Research Working Paper
Earthquake propensity and the politics of mortality prevention (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2010 WPS5182 Policy Research Working Paper
Dysfunctional finance : positive shocks and negative outcomes (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2010 WPS5183 Policy Research Working Paper
Populist fiscal policy (English)
See More +
OCT 01, 2008 WPS4762 Policy Research Working Paper