Policy Insights in Political Economy and Governance

J-PAL’s Political Economy and Governance sector seeks to improve governance and service delivery in developing countries. Our policy insight below summarizes the general lessons emerging from randomized evaluations on the impact of gender quotas on women’s political representation and service delivery.
Frederico Finan (University of California, Berkeley) and Rohini Pande (Yale University), Political Economy and Governance Co-Chairs
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Increasing accountability and reducing corruption through government audits

Last updated: August 2020
Government audits have often increased political accountability, reduced misuse of public resources, and improved compliance with laws and regulations. In lower- and middle-income countries, audits have been more effective when the government had a stronger capacity to enforce punishments, when...

The risks and rewards of voter information campaigns in low- and middle-income countries

Last updated: March 2019
Providing information on candidates’ qualifications, policy positions, and performance in office can affect voter turnout and who people vote for. In lower-income countries, this type of information has been most effective when it was widely disseminated from a credible source.

Improving women’s representation in politics through gender quotas

Last updated: April 2018
Gender quotas for women in local government bodies can improve women’s representation in politics, increase provision of public services, and improve perceptions of women as leaders.

Sector Chairs

Co-Chair, Political Economy and Governance

J-PAL Affiliate

Professor of Economics

University of California, Berkeley

Co-Chair, Political Economy and Governance

J-PAL Affiliate

Professor of Economics and Director of Economic Growth Center

Yale University

Sector Contacts

Senior Policy Associate, J-PAL Global

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Senior Policy Associate , J-PAL Global

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Policy Associate , J-PAL Global

Senior Policy & Communications Manager, J-PAL Global

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Policy Manager , J-PAL Global