NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Can Institutions be Reformed from Within? Evidence from a Randomized Experiment with the Rajasthan Police

Abhijit Banerjee, Raghabendra Chattopadhyay, Esther Duflo, Daniel Keniston, Nina Singh

NBER Working Paper No. 17912
Issued in March 2012

---- Acknowledgements -----

We thank Clément Imbert, Selvan Kumar, Dhruva Kothari, Neil Buddy Shah, and Pankaj Verma for their outstanding contributions as research assistants on this project. We are indebted to M.K. Devarajan, and M. L. Lather for their insights and comments, and A.S. Gill, formerly Director General of Police of Rajasthan police, for initiating and constantly supporting this research. The findings and opinions expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not in any way engage the responsibility of the Rajasthan police, nor do they necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research. The paper was written in complete independence and the Rajasthan police, as an institution, did not weigh in on the analysis of the data or the drafting of the report. All the data collected in the course of this project is available for download and public use (including, but not limited to, replication of our results) at http://dvn.iq.harvard.edu/dvn/dv/jpal. Funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is gratefully acknowledged.

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