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Andrés Felipe Rodríguez

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Graduate Student Research Funding | 2021 - 2022 Academic Year

Governance Institutions and Cooperation: An Experiment in Sierra Leone

The lack of public goods and weak state presence in rural sub-Saharan Africa makes governance institutions that promote cooperation very important for development. In this context, two forms of governance usually co-exist, one led by traditional leaders, and another led by democratic leaders. This paper uses an artefactual field experiment in rural Sierra Leone to compare these leaders in terms of how they promote contributions to community projects. My experimental design allows me to carefully study the role of leaders’ expectations from citizens, their ability to target high contributors, and their effectiveness when using monetary, and reputation punishments to promote contributions.

Andrés Felipe Rodríguez, Department of Economics

Andrés Felipe Rodríguez Martinez

Andrés F. Rodríguez is a PhD student in economics at Stanford University working on the intersection between political economy and development. His research uses experimental methods to understand how citizens interact with their governments in settings with limited state capacity. Rodriguez is particularly interested in using behavioral insights about trust, social norms, or networked interactions to inform political and economic reforms about taxation, decentralization, and public service delivery. He holds a BA and an MA both in economics from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia.

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