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Consumption Smoothing and the Welfare Cost of Uncertainty Yonas Alem and Jonathan Colmer
August 2015
Paper No' EOPP 059:
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JEL Classification: D8; O12; I3


Tags: uncertainty; consumption smoothing; subjective well-being

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Labor Markets and Poverty in Village Economies Oriana Bandiera, Robin Burgess, Narayan Das, Selim Gulesci, Imran Rasul and Munshi Sulaiman August 2015
(Revised: 26/03/2016)
Paper No' EOPP 058:
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JEL Classification: J22; O12

Nation-Building Through Compulsory Schooling During the Age of Mass Migration Oriana Bandiera, Myra Mohnen, Imran Rasul and Martina Viarengo April 2015
(Revised: 15/12/2015)
Paper No' EOPP 057:
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JEL Classification: D02; F22; I28; O15; P16

When Commitment Fails - Evidence from a Regular Saver Product in the Philippines Anett John (née Hofmann)
October 2014
(Revised: 30/10/2015)
Paper No' EOPP 055:
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JEL Classification: C93; D03; D14; O12


Tags: commitment savings; hyperbolic discounting; partial sophistication

Can Workfare Programs Moderate Violence? Evidence from India Thiemo Fetzer
June 2014
Paper No' EOPP 053:
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JEL Classification: D74; Q34; J65


Tags: social insurance; conflict; india; insurgency

Your Loss Is My Gain: A Recruitment Experiment With Framed Incentives Jonathan de Quidt
April 2014
Paper No' EOPP 052:
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JEL Classification: D03; J41; D86


Tags: loss aversion; reference points; framing; selection; mechanical turk

Just a Few Cents Each Day: Can Fixed Regular Deposits Overcome Savings Constraints? Anett John (née Hofmann)
March 2014
Paper No' EOPP 051:
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JEL Classification: D14; O11; O16


Tags: commitment savings; hyperbolic discounting; bangladesh

Women’s Empowerment in Action: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial in Africa Oriana Bandiera, Niklas Buehren, Robin Burgess, Markus Goldstein, Selim Gulesci, Imran Rasul and Munshi Sulaiman March 2014
(Revised: 12/06/2015)
Paper No' EOPP 050:
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JEL Classification: I25; J13; J24; O12

Managing the Family Firm: Evidence from CEOs at Work Oriana Bandiera, Andrea Prat and Raffaella Sadun
December 2013
(Revised: 23/12/2014)
Paper No' EOPP 049:
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The Perverse Consequences of Policy Restrictions in the Presence of Asymmetric Information Rafael Hortala-Vallve, Valentino Larcinese and Stephanie Rickard December 2013
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The Value of Democracy: Evidence from Road Building in Kenya Robin Burgess, Remi Jedwab, Edward Miguel, Ameet Morjaria and Gerard Padro i Miquel August 2013
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Awards Unbundled: Evidence from a Natural Field Experiment Nava Ashraf, Oriana Bandiera and Scott Lee
July 2013
Paper No' EOPP 046:
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JEL Classification: D84; D83; J33; M52; O15


Tags: awards; social comparison; optimal expectations; incentives

Group Lending Without Joint Liability Thiemo Fetzer, Maitreesh Ghatak and Jonathan de Quidt
July 2013
Paper No' EOPP 044:
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JEL Classification: G11; G21; O12; O16


Tags: microfinance; group lending; joint liability; mutual insurance

Can Basic Entrepreneurship Transform the Economic Lives of the Poor? Oriana Bandiera, Robin Burgess, Narayan Das, Selim Gulesci, Imran Rasul and Munshi Sulaiman April 2013
(Revised: 20/08/2015)
Paper No' EOPP 043:
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JEL Classification: O12; I30; D50.


Tags: asset transfers; capital constraints; vocational training; occupational choice; structural change; poverty.

Motivating Knowledge Agents: Can Incentive Pay Overcome Social Distance? Erlend Berg, Maitreesh Ghatak, R Manjula, D Rajasekhar and Sanchari Roy March 2013
Paper No' EOPP 042:
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JEL Classification: C93, D83, I38, M52, O15, Z13


Tags: public services; information constraints; incentive pay; social proximity; knowledge transmission

Taxation and Development Timothy Besley and Torsten Persson
January 2013
Paper No' EOPP 041:
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JEL Classification: H11, H20, O17, O43.

Market Structure and Borrower Welfare in Microfinance Jonathan de Quidt, Thiemo Fetzer and Maitreesh Ghatak
September 2012
Paper No' EOPP 040:
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JEL Classification: G21, O12, D4, L4, D82


Tags: microfinance; market power; for-profit; social capital

Pre-Colonial Political Centralization and Contemporary Development in Uganda Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay and Elliott Green
August 2012
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The Political Economy of Deforestation in the Tropics Robin Burgess, Matthew Hansen, Benjamin Olken, Peter Potapov, Stefanie Sieber and April 2012
Paper No' EOPP 037:
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JEL Classification: D73,L73


Tags: political economy; corruption; deforestation; cournot competition; satellite imagery; environmental monitoring; illegal logging; climate change; biodiversity

The Legacy of Historical Conflict Evidence from Africa Timothy Besley and Marta Reynal-Querol
February 2012
Paper No' EOPP 036:
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JEL Classification: N47, O43, O55


Tags: conflict; trust; identity

No Margin, no Mission? A Field Experiment on Incentives for public service delivery Nava Ashraf, Oriana Bandiera and Kelsey Jack January 2012
(Revised: 13/02/2014)
Paper No' EOPP 035:
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JEL Classification: J33, O15, M52, D82


Tags: incentives; non-monetary rewards; intrinsic motivation.

Team Incentives: Evidence From A Firm Level Experiment Oriana Bandiera, Iwan Baranky and Imran Rasul
December 2011
Paper No' EOPP 033:
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JEL Classification: D23, J33, M52.


Tags: rank incentives; team-based incentives; teams; tournamentszùql¿

Enfranchisement and Representation: Italy 1909-1913 Valentino Larcinese
December 2011
Paper No' EOPP 032:
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JEL Classification: D3, D7, I25, N33, N34


Tags: democratization; voting; electoral competition; inequality; swing districts; political violence; vatican; socialism.

The Regulation of Land Markets: Evidence from Tenancy Reform in India Timothy Besley, Jessica Leight, Rohini Pande and Vijayendra Rao November 2011
Paper No' EOPP 031:
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Taxation and Regulation of Bonus Pay Timothy Besley and Maitreesh Ghatak
July 2011
Paper No' EOPP 030:
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Can Market Failure Cause Political Failure? Madhav S, Aney, Maitreesh Ghatak and Massimo Morelli
July 2011
Paper No' EOPP 029:
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JEL Classification: O12, O16, O17


Tags: occupational choice; adverse selection; property rights; asset liquidation; political failure; market failure.

Field Experiments with Firms Oriana Bandiera, Iwan Baranky and Imran Rasul
July 2011
Paper No' EOPP 028:
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JEL Classification: C5, M5


Tags: field experiments; firms; organizations

Nation-Building and Conflict in Modern Africa Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay and Elliott Green
June 2011
Paper No' EOPP 026:
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Tags: conflict; nation building; africa; sub-saharan africa

IMPLEMENTING HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THE POOR: THE ROLLOUT OF RSBY IN KARNATAKA D Rajasekhar, Erlend Berg, Maitreesh Ghatak, R Manjula and Sanchari Roy March 2011
Paper No' EOPP 025:
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Contractual Structure and Endogenous Matching in Partnershipso Maitreesh Ghatak and Alexander Karaivanov
February 2011
Paper No' EOPP 024:
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JEL Classification: D21, D23, D82, D12, Q15


Tags: endogenous matching; partnerships; contractual structure

Contract Structure, Risk Sharing and Investment Choice Greg Fischer
February 2011
Paper No' EOPP 023:
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JEL Classification: O12, D81, C91, C92, G21


Tags: investment choice; informal insurance; risk sharing; contract design; microfinance; experiment.

Fragile States and Development Policy Timothy Besley and Torsten Persson
January 2011
Paper No' EOPP 022:
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JEL Classification: O10, 019, P45


Tags: state fragility; development

Trade and the Skill Premium Puzzle with Capital Market Imperfections Roberto Bonfatti and Maitreesh Ghatak
November 2010
Paper No' EOPP 020:
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JEL Classification: F16, O15, O16


Tags: trade liberalization; skill premium; credit market frictions; latin america

Repayment Frequency in Microfinance Contracts with Present-Biased Borrowers Greg Fischer and Maitreesh Ghatak
July 2010
Paper No' EOPP 021:
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JEL Classification: O12, O16, D03


Tags: microfinance; repayment frequency; present-bias

Thinness and Obesity: A Model of Food Consumption, Health Concerns, and Social Pressure Davide Dragone and Luca Savorelli
June 2010
Paper No' EOPP 017:
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JEL Classification: D91;I18


Tags: body weight; diet; obesity; social pressure; underweight.

The Reversal of Fortune Thesis Reconsidered Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay and Elliott Green
April 2010
Paper No' EOPP 016:
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Tags: income distribution; population density; reversal of fortune; urbanization.

Community Networks and Poverty Reduction Programmes: Evidence from Bangladesh Oriana Bandiera, Robin Burgess, Selim Gulesci, Imran Rasul and December 2009
Paper No' EOPP 015:
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JEL Classification: D85; O12; O15.


Tags: asset transfers; social networks; ultra-poor programme.

Thanks for Nothing? Not-for-Profits and Motivated Agents Maitreesh Ghatak and Hannes Mueller
November 2009
Paper No' EOPP 014:
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JEL Classification: L31, J32, L33, J42


Tags: not-for-profits; intrinsic motivation; labor donation; free riding

Soldiers or Bureaucrats? Conflict and the Military’s Role in Policy-Making Gabriel Leon
July 2009
Paper No' EOPP 012:
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JEL Classification: O38; O17; H11; H56; D72


Tags: institutions; conflict; political economy; military; war; coups

State Capacity, Conflict and Development Timothy Besley and Torsten Persson
June 2009
Paper No' EOPP 010:
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JEL Classification: O10; H10; P16


Tags: state capacity; development

Estimating the Peace Dividend: The Impact of Violence on House Prices in Northern Ireland Timothy Besley and Hannes Mueller
May 2009
Paper No' EOPP 011:
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JEL Classification: D74; 016; P16


Tags: peace dividend; northern ireland; conflict; housing price; markov chain

Marry for What? Caste and Mate Selection in Modern India Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Maitreesh Ghatak and Jeanne Lafortune
May 2009
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The de Soto Effect Timothy Besley and Maitreesh Ghatak
April 2009
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Do Small States Get More Federal Monies? Myth and Reality About the US Senate Malapportionment Valentino Larcinese, Leonzio Rizzo and Cecilia Testa April 2009
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JEL Classification: D72; H61; H77


Tags: federal budget; malapportionment; small state advantage; overrepresentation

Property Rights and Economic Development Timothy Besley and Maitreesh Ghatak
February 2009
Paper No' EOPP 006:
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JEL Classification: K11;O17; P14


Tags: property rights; economic development.

The Incidence of Civil War: Theory and Evidence Timothy Besley and Torsten Persson
February 2009
Paper No' EOPP 005:
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The Flypaper Effect Revisited Fernando Aragon
January 2009
Paper No' EOPP 004:
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JEL Classification: H71; H77


Tags: flypaper effect; intergovernmental transfers; public finance; fiscal decentralization

Pandering Judges Jordi Blanes i Vidal and Clare Leaver
September 2008
Paper No' EOPP 002:
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JEL Classification: H11; J44; J45; J70


Tags: electoral accountability; judges; promotion decisions

Decolonization: the Role of Changing World Factor Endowments Roberto Bonfatti
September 2008
Paper No' EOPP 001:
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JEL Classification: D74;H77;F13;019


Tags: colonial extraction; trade; decolonization