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Buying votes vs. supplying public services : political incentives to under-invest in pro-poor policies (English)

This paper uses unique survey data to provide, for the first time in the literature, direct evidence that vote buying in poor economies is associated with lower provision of public services that disproportionately benefit the poor. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6339 JAN 01, 2013

Khemani, Stuti Disclosed

Mass media and public services : the effects of radio access on public education in Benin (English)

Does radio access improve public service provision? And if so, does it do so by increasing government accountability to citizens, or by persuading households to take advantage of publicly-provided services? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5559 FEB 01, 2011

Keefer, Philip; Khemani, Stuti Disclosed

Political economy of infrastructure spending in India (English)

This paper examines a puzzle in the political economy of infrastructure in India -- the co-existence of relatively low shares of capital spending in public budgets alongside evidence of large demand for village infrastructure from poor voters. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5423 SEP 01, 2010

Khemani, Stuti Disclosed

Political capture of decentralization : vote-buying through grants-financed local jurisdictions (English)

A recent trend in decentralization in several large and diverse countries is the creation of local jurisdictions below the regional level -- municipalities, towns, and villages -- whose spending is almost exclusively financed by grants from both regional and national governments. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5350 JUN 01, 2010

Khemani, Stuti Disclosed