Dissertation Project

Inclusive Participation and Representation in Village Governance in Indonesia

My dissertation project seeks to explain variation in the extent to which local budget allocations align with the preferences of ordinary and marginalized citizens. In particular, I use original survey and administrative data to examine the effects of inclusive community institutions on the quality of participation and representation in village governance in Indonesian villages. I am also studying variation in the provision of COVID-19 cash transfers by village institutions in Indonesia.

Other Projects

Social Accountability in a Patronage Democracy: A Field Experiment on Members of Congress in the Philippines
(with Nico Ravanilla, Allen Hicken, and Ron Mendoza)

In developing countries, politicians often intervene in the provision of public works to favor projects, localities, and contractors that facilitate rent extraction and patronage. We randomly assigned approximately half of the 238 single-member congressional districts in the Philippines to a treatment in which the largest coalition of civil society organizations in the country conducted an advocacy campaign aimed at improving the distribution and transparency of public works provision. This campaign provided information on patterns clientelistic public works provision to legislative chiefs of staff and made salient opportunities for legislators to improve public works procurement and distribution in their districts. We test the effects of the advocacy campaign on procurement transparency and project distribution outcomes and evaluate differences treatment effects for politicians facing less electoral competition.

Collective Efficacy, Political Skills, and Women’s Participation in A Single Party State: A Field Experiment in Vietnam
(with Paul Schuler, Quynh Nguyen, Markus Taussig, and Mai Truong)

We implement a field experiment in Vietnam to evaluate the effects of a collective efficacy and political skills training program administered through village-level women’s groups on levels of political efficacy and participation. This study is part of the EGAP Metaketa Initiative.