Development Policy through the Lens of Social Structure

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This paper studies how the social structure of village economies affects policy implementation by local agents. We randomly select one of two viable candidates to deliver an agricultural extension program in rural Ugandan villages. We show that delivery agents favor their own social ties over ex-ante identical farmers connected to the other (non-selected) candidate and that this is inconsistent with output maximization or targeting the poorest. Favoritism disappears when the potential delivery agents belong to the same social group. Using the randomized allocation of the program across villages, we show how unobserved social structures explain the variation in delivery rates and program effectiveness that we often observe in the data. More>>>

About the speaker

Professor Deserranno joined the Kellogg faculty after receiving her PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics. Her research interests lie at the intersection between development and personnel economics. She is working on issues related to the selection, recruitment and motivation of workers both in private and public organizations. 

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This webinar will take place on 12th January 2021 (Tuesday) at 9.30am  HKT (GMT+8).  See corresponding times in other time zones

 

The speaker will present for 1 hour and 15 minutes, and will take questions during the presentation.

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This webinar is part of a series of webinars to present cutting-edge research on Targeting and Community Networks in Anti-Poverty Programs 

 

 

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