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December 1, 2009

Development Assistance, Institution Building, and Social Cohesion after Civil War: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Liberia - Working Paper 194

Previous research on post-conflict reconstruction holds that sustainable institution building is an indigenous process. This paper, however, contributes to a new understanding of small-scale external interventions. Through a randomized field study in Liberia, the authors find that the IRC’s community-driven development projects positively impact social cohesion and democratic decision-making in villages.

James Fearon , Macartan Humphreys and Jeremy M. Weinstein
April 15, 2009

Heckle and Chide: Results of a Randomized Road Safety Intervention in Kenya - Working Paper 169

This paper evaluates an intervention aimed at improving road safety in Kenya, in which long-distance minibus passengers were encouraged to speak up and admonish their driver when they felt their safety was being compromised. Evocative messages designed to empower passengers were placed in a random sample of more than 1,000 minibuses. Comprehensive insurance claims data suggest the stickers reduced accidents by between one-half and two-thirds, and driver and passenger surveys indicate that passenger heckling contributed to this reduction.

William Jack
January 14, 2009

Do Regulatory Reforms Stimulate Investment and Growth? Evidence from the Doing Business Data, 2003-07 - Working Paper 159

In this paper, witha foreword by senior fellow Vijaya Ramachandran, Benjamin Eifert of UC-Berkeley investigates the effects of regulatory reform by drawing on years of data across 90 countries. He discusses the characteristics of countries that choose to reform and the results of these reforms. The paper it contains valuable insights for policymakers and institutions focused on regulatory reform in weak states.

Benjamin P. Eifert