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Direct Democracy and Local Public Goods: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Indonesia

Benjamin A. Olken

NBER Working Paper No. 14123
Issued in June 2008

---- Acknowledgements -----

I thank Daron Acemoglu, Esther Duflo, Amy Finkelstein, Don Green, Michael Kremer, Katerina Linos, and David Nickerson for helpful comments. Melissa Dell provided exceptional research assistance. Special thanks are due to Susan Wong and Scott Guggenheim for their support and assistance throughout the project. The field work and engineering survey would have been impossible without the dedication of Suroso Yoso Oetomo and the SSK-PPK field staff. This project was supported by a grant from the Indonesian Decentralization Support Facility, with support from DfID and the World Bank. All views expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of DSF, DfID, the World Bank, or the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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