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12:30 - 13:45 22 May 2013

"Management of Bureaucrats and Public Service Delivery: Evidence from the Nigerian Civil Service" (joint with Daniel Rogger)


IFS Conference Room | Institute for Fiscal Studies (link Map)
7 Ridgmount Street | London | WC1E 7AE | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Student
Ticketing: Open

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Imran Rasul, University College London and IFS

We study how the management practices under which public sector bureaucrats operate, relate to the quantity and quality of public services delivered. We do so in the context of a developing country, exploiting novel data from the Nigerian Civil Service linking public sector organizations to the individual projects they are responsible for. For each of 4700 projects, we have hand coded detailed independent engineering assessments of each project's completion rate and delivered quality. We supplement this information with a survey we conducted to elicit management practices for bureaucrats in each of the 63 civil service organizations responsible for these projects, following the approach of Bloom and Van Reenen 2007. We find that management practices related to autonomy significantly improve project completion rates and project quality.


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