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Public administration
Policy Brief
Aid for governance: How to support effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions for sustainable development? Economic assistance and foreign aid Education Planning
Working Paper
Introduction to the South African Revenue Service and National Treasury firm-level panel

The South African Revenue Service and National Treasury Firm-Level Panel is an unbalanced panel data set created by merging several sources of administrative tax data received during 2015...

Business tax Public administration Taxation
Working Paper
Total factor productivity in South African manufacturing firms

The manufacturing sector is an important source of productivity growth and exports. Manufacturing firms are generally more productive than firms in the agricultural or services sectors and are an important source of job creation...

Business Manufacturing Productivity
Working Paper
Affirmative action and effort choice: An experimental investigation

We study the effect of affirmative action on effort in an experiment conducted in high schools in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas in Queensland, Australia...

Field experiments Public administration Public policy (Law)
Journal Special Issue
Aiding Government Effectiveness in Developing Countries

For more than two decades, addressing constraints to better governance in developing countries has been a priority issue for the international donor community...

Economic assistance and foreign aid Education Planning
Journal Article
Designing Effective Civil Service Reform Lessons from Past Experience

Part of Journal Special Issue Aiding Government Effectiveness in Developing Countries

International agencies Corruption Public administration
Journal Article
Assessing the Impact of Regulatory Reform in Developing Countries

Part of Journal Special Issue Aiding Government Effectiveness in Developing Countries

Economic policy Public administration
Journal Article
Developing and Evaluating Governance Indexes: 10 Questions

Recent years have seen a proliferation of composite indicators or indexes of governance and their use in research and policy-making. This article proposes a framework of 10 questions to guide both the development and evaluation of such indexes...

Index numbers (Economics) Public administration Methodology (Qualitative research)
Working Paper
The Risks to Education Systems from Design Mismatch and Global Isomorphism: Concepts, with Examples from India

The incredibly low levels of learning and the generally dysfunctional public sector schooling systems in many (though not all) developing countries are the result of a capability trap (Pritchett et al. 2010)...

Education Public administration
Journal Article
Escaping Capability Traps Through Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA)

Many development initiatives fail to improve performance because they promote isomorphic mimicry—governments change what they look like, not what they do...

Economic development Economic policy Public administration
Working Paper
Overcoming the Limits of Institutional Reform in Uganda

This paper begins by noting that Uganda has been a public sector reform leader in Africa...

Administrative law Government accountability Institutional economics
Working Paper
Explaining Positive Deviance in Public Sector Reforms in Development

Public sector reforms are commonplace in developing countries. Much of the literature about these reforms reflects on their failures...

Bureaucracy Economic development Economic growth
Blog
Getting into a State?

30 October 2013 Roger Williamson The UNU-WIDER meeting held last week in New York on the topic of fragility and aid argued forcefully that you cannot ‘fix’ failed states as you would a broken window...

Agriculture Budget Conflict management
Working Paper
Evaluating Governance Indexes: Critical and Less Critical Questions

Recent years have seen a proliferation of ‘composite indicators’ or ‘indexes’ of governance...

Index numbers (Economics) Public administration Methodology (Qualitative research)
Research Brief
The Development Process – Escaping the Capability Trap

Current development practice focuses too much on the form institutions take, at the expense of worrying about function...

Economic development Economic policy Public administration
Working Paper
Measuring Government Performance in Public Opinion Surveys in Africa: Towards Experiments?

In examining the study of government performance, this paper asks whether field experiments can improve the explanatory precision of results generated by public opinion surveys...

Government accountability Public administration Public goods
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