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SALON: E-governance, Accountability, and Leakage in Public Programs: Experimental Evidence from a Financial Management Reform in India

April 13, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Joint with Anderson GEM

Rohini Pande

Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

In collaboration with the Government of Bihar, India, we conducted a large-scale experiment to evaluate whether transparency in fiscal transfer systems can increase accountability and reduce corruption in the implementation of a workfare program. The reforms introduced electronic fund-flow, cut out administrative tiers, and switched the basis of transfer amounts from forecasts to documented expenditures. Treatment reduced leakages along three measures: expenditures and hours claimed dropped while an independent household survey found no impact on actual employment and wages received; a matching exercise reveals a reduction in fake households on payrolls; and local program officials’ self-reported median personal assets fell.

Link to paper: http://scholar.harvard.edu/files/rpande/files/biharnregapaper_20161019.pdf




April 13, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


B313 Gold Hall, Anderson School of Management
110 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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