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Do elected councils improve governance experimental evidence on local institutions in Afghanistan (English)

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 elected councils exist and manage distributions, aid targeting improves. However, if the distribution is not clearly assigned to either the council or customary leaders, the creation of elected councils increases embezzlement and makes decision-making less inclusive. Requiring that women manage the distribution jointly with customary leaders also increases embezzlement. Thus, while elected councils can improve governance, overlapping mandates between new and existing institutions may result in increased rent-seeking.

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  • Author

    Beath,Andrew, Christia,Fotini, Enikolopov,Ruben

  • Document Date

    2013/06/01

  • Document Type

    Policy Research Working Paper

  • Report Number

    WPS6510

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    Afghanistan,

  • Region

    South Asia,

  • Disclosure Date

    2013/06/01

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    Do elected councils improve governance ? experimental evidence on local institutions in Afghanistan

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Citation

Beath,Andrew Christia,Fotini Enikolopov,Ruben

Do elected councils improve governance experimental evidence on local institutions in Afghanistan (English). Impact Evaluation series ; no. IE 96,Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6510 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/790321468189865207/Do-elected-councils-improve-governance-experimental-evidence-on-local-institutions-in-Afghanistan