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Ernest Appiah

Faculty of Health and Allied Sciences
Pentecost University College
Post office Box KN1739
Kaneshie, Accra
Ghana

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Institutional Affiliation: Innovations for Poverty Action, Ghana

NBER Working Papers and Publications

April 2020How Political Insiders Lose Out When International Aid Underperforms: Evidence from a Participatory Development Experiment in Ghana
with Kate Baldwin, Dean Karlan, Christopher R. Udry: w26930
Participatory development is designed to mitigate problems of political bias in pre-existing local government but also interacts with it in complex ways. Using a five-year randomized controlled study in 97 clusters of villages (194 villages) in Ghana, we analyze the effects of a major participatory development program on participation in, leadership of and investment by preexisting political institutions, and on households’ overall socioeconomic well-being. Applying theoretical insights on political participation and redistributive politics, we consider the possibility of both cross-institutional mobilization and displacement, and heterogeneous effects by partisanship. We find the government and its political supporters acted with high expectations for the participatory approach: treatment...
 
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