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Letter Grading Government Efficiency

  • Alberto Chong
  • Rafael La Porta
  • Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes
  • Andrei Shleifer

We mailed letters to non-existent business addresses in 159 countries (10 per country), and measured whether they come back to the return address in the US and how long it takes. About 60% of the letters were returned, taking over 6 months, on average. The results provide new objective indicators of government efficiency across countries, based on a simple and universal service, and allow us to shed light on its determinants. The evidence suggests that both technology and management quality influence the quality of government.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 18268.

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Date of creation: Aug 2012
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Publication status: published as Alberto Chong & Rafael La Porta & Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes & Andrei Shleifer, 2014. "Letter Grading Government Efficiency," Journal of the European Economic Association, European Economic Association, vol. 12(2), pages 277-299, 04.
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