Chief for a Day: Elite Capture and Management Performance. Evidence from a Field Experiment in Sierra Leone

Date: 8 May 2014

Venue: UAntwerp - Stadscampus - Building S- 1st floor - Nile room - Lange Sint-Annastraat 7 - 2000 Antwerpen

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Organization / co-organization: IOB

Short description: Seminar by Maarten Voors

This paper uses a field experiment in Sierra Leone to examine how leadership structure influences the efficiency of development projects. To do so, we vary the conditions under which a development project is managed—by local elites or by randomly selected villagers. The design is unique, in that it permits us to explore the effectiveness of two alternative local governance modalities and the extent of elite capture in community projects. We find little evidence that local elites capture project resources, but we do observe they are better managers of development projects. Improved performance co-varies with our proxy for power of the local chief.

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