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Service Delivery and Corruption in Public Services: How Does History Matter?

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  • Priyanka Pandey
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    This paper provides microlevel evidence of how past institutions impact present economic outcomes. It looks at the impact of colonial land tenure institutions on local governance and education outcomes in northern India. Outcomes are worse in villages that belong to areas with a history of concentration of power with the elites. Such areas continue to retain a greater political presence of socially and economically dominant classes. Future research should examine the success of policies that attempt to break such persistence through empowerment of nonelite groups. (JEL D02, H70, I20, N35, N45, O15, O18)

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    Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

    Volume (Year): 2 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 (July)
    Pages: 190-204

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    Handle: RePEc:aea:aejapp:v:2:y:2010:i:3:p:190-204

    Note: DOI: 10.1257/app.2.3.190
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    1. Abhijit Banerjee & Lakshmi Iyer, 2010. "History Institutions and Economic Performance: The Legacy of Colonial Land Tenure Systems in India," Working Papers id:2811, eSocialSciences.
    2. Nazmul Chaudhury & Jeffrey Hammer & Michael Kremer & Karthik Muralidharan & F. Halsey Rogers, 2006. "Missing in Action: Teacher and Health Worker Absence in Developing Countries," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 20(1), pages 91-116, Winter.
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    1. Hoff, Karla & Pandey, Priyanka, 2014. "Making up people—The effect of identity on performance in a modernizing society," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 106(C), pages 118-131.
    2. Hoff, Karla & Pandey, Priyanka, 2012. "Making up people -- the effect of identity on preferences and performance in a modernizing society," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6223, The World Bank.
    3. Bardhan, Pranab & Mookherjee, Dilip, 2012. "Political Clientelism and Capture: Theory and Evidence from West Bengal, India," Working Paper Series, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

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