Found 2 article(s) for author 'Michael Walton'

Public Information is an Incentive for Politicians: Experimental Evidence from Delhi Elections

Public Information is an Incentive for Politicians: Experimental Evidence from Delhi Elections. Rohini Pande, Michael Walton, November 11, 2019, Paper, “In 2010, two years prior to Delhi’s municipal elections, we informed a random set of municipal councilors that a newspaper would report on their performance just before the next election. To evaluate this intervention we collected data on the infrastructure spending preferences of slum dwellers and created an index of pro-poor spending for each councilor. In wards dense with slums, the anticipation of future disclosures caused councilors to increase their pro-poor spending by 0.6 standard deviations over the next two years. A cross-cutting intervention that privately provided councilors with information about the state of infrastructure in the slums had no effect, suggesting that only public disclosures incentivize councilors. Party and voter responses support this interpretation: treated councilors were 12 percentage points more likely to receive a party ticket for re-election. The effect was concentrated among councilors who undertook more pro-poor spending in high-slum wards, and translates into a substantially higher vote share.Link

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Applications and Cases in International Development

Applications and Cases in International Development. Lant Pritchett, Michael Walton, Course Year 2014-2015, Syllabus. “The course has two objectives. First, to build an understanding of the nature and drivers of change in real development settings. Second, to illustrate the use of the range of concepts and techniques from other MPA/ID courses in the diagnosis of development change. The overall philosophy of the course is that practitioners need both strong analytical and empirical techniques and a capacity to interpret the political and institutional context...” Link

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