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Record number 549674
Title Chief for a day: Elite capture and management performance in a field experiment in Sierra Leone
Author(s) Voors, Maarten; Turley, Ty; Bulte, Erwin; Kontoleon, Andreas; List, John A.
Source Management Science 64 (2018)12. - ISSN 0025-1909 - p. 5855 - 5876.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1287/mnsc.2017.2866
Department(s) WASS
Development Economics
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Keyword(s) Africa - Chieftaincy - Development aid - Local governance
Abstract

We use a field experiment in Sierra Leone to examine how the identity of the manager influences rent seeking and performance in participatory development projects. Specifically,we vary the composition of a committee responsible for implementing a development project-local elites or 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. We do observe they are better managers of development projects. Improved performance covaries with a proxy for power of the local chief.

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