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Devolution and Accountability Effects in the Public Provision of Water Services in Indonesia

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  • Meirelles, Patricia
  • Rodriguez, Catherine

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This paper separately evaluates how devolution and accountability, two distinct aspects of the decentralization reforms implemented in Indonesia in the year 2001, influenced the public provision of water services. Using household level data it is found that the devolution of responsibility does not necessarily affect the provision of public services. Our findings show that the quality of publicly provided water decreased only in cities in which devolution was accompanied by a change in accountability. Robustness checks suggest that these results are driven by changes in the accountability framework rather than trends in the health services.

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  • Meirelles, Patricia & Rodriguez, Catherine, 2010. "Devolution and Accountability Effects in the Public Provision of Water Services in Indonesia," Documentos CEDE Series 107395, Universidad de Los Andes, Economics Department.
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    Keywords

    Indonesia; decentralization; accountability; devolution; water; Resource /Energy Economics and Policy; O2; I18; H2; H54;

    JEL classification:

    • O2 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • H54 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Infrastructures

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