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dc.contributor.authorCorduneanu-Huci, Cristina
dc.contributor.authorDorsch, Michael T.
dc.contributor.authorMaarek, Paul
dc.date.accessioned2023-06-16T14:43:11Z
dc.date.available2023-06-16T14:43:11Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.issn1475967
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jce.2020.09.002
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14018/13847
dc.description.abstractThis paper provides an analysis of how political factors affect the incidence of the evaluation of public policies, with a focus on Randomized Control Trial (RCT) experiments in international development. We argue that political environments where incumbents face greater electoral competition and smaller ruling margins are more likely to host RCT experiments. Using various data sources for the incidence of RCTs both at the cross-country level and at the sub-nationallevel in India, we find that RCTs are more likely to occur in politically competitive jurisdictions. We employ fixed effects regressions using various estimators and an instrumental variable strategy that exploits an electoral reform in India which limited the entry of independent candidates and exogenously affected the degree of electoral competition in state-level politics. The effect seems concentrated on RCTs that have the government as a partner, suggesting that political competition has an important demand-side effect on the incidence of RCTs.
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.rightsCC BY-NC-ND 4.0
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.titleThe politics of experimentation: Political competition and randomized controlled trials
dc.typeJournal article
dc.source.journaltitleJournal of Comparative Economics
dc.source.volume49
dc.source.issue1
dc.source.spage1
dc.source.epage21
dc.description.versionPublished version
refterms.dateFOA2023-06-16T14:43:11Z
dc.contributor.unitDepartment of Public Policy
dc.source.journalabbrevJournal of Comparative Economics
dc.identifier.urlhttps://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0147596720300652


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