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What Can Experiments Tell Us About How to Improve Governance?

Rachel Gisselquist () and Miguel Niño-Zarazúa ()

No wp-2013-077, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: In recent years, randomized controlled trials have become increasingly popular in the social sciences. In development economics in particular, their use has attracted considerable debate in relation to the identification of 'what works' in development policy. This paper focuses on a core topic in development policy: governance. It aims to address two key questions: (1) 'what have the main contributions of randomized controlled trials been to the study of governance?' and (2) 'what could be the contributions, and relatedly the limits of such methods?'.

Keywords: Public (Decision making); Economic development; Corruption; Public goods (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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