BREAD Working Paper No. 523, September 2017

Planning Ahead for Better Neighborhoods: Long Run Evidence from Tanzania Guy Michaels, Dzhamilya Nigmatulina, Ferdinand Rauch, Tanner Regan, Neeraj Baruah, Amanda Dahlstrand-Rudin Abstract What are the long run consequences of planning and providing basic infrastructure in neigh- borhoods, where people build their own homes? We study “Sites and Services” projects imple- mented in seven Tanzanian […]

BREAD Working Paper No. 526, November 2017

The Rise and Fall of Local Elections in China: Theory and Empirical Evidence on the Autocrat’s Trade-off Monica Martinez-Bravo, Gerard Padró i Miquel, Nancy Qian, Yang Yao Abstract We propose a simple informational theory to explain why autocratic regimes introduce lo- cal elections. Because citizens have better information on local officials than the distant central […]

BREAD Working Paper N0. 578, June 2020

Political Power, Elite Control, and Long-Run Development: Evidence from Brazil Claudio Ferraz, Frederico Finan, Monica Martinez-Bravo Abstract This paper analyzes how changes in the concentration of political power affect long-run development. We study Brazil’s military dictatorship whose rise to power dramatically altered the distribution of power of local political elites. We document that municipalities that […]