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Decentralisation in Africa and the Nature of Local Governments' Competition: Evidence from Benin

Emilie Caldeira, Martial Foucault, Grégoire Rota-Graziosi

NBER Working Paper No. 18126
Issued in June 2012

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We thank the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), which has funded this project since 2009. We are grateful to the members of the Municipal Development Partnership (MDP) in Cotonou, especially Hervé Agossou, for their warm welcome, their valuable help in collecting data, their fruitful comments, and their discussions. We thank Elias Potek (University of Montreal, Geography Dept.) for his outstanding work in creating geographical maps in record time. We thank Simon Johnson (MIT), who has acted not only as a scientific mentor throughout our researching endeavors, but also as a valuable advisor. We thank Odd-Helge Fjeldstad (International Centre for Tax and Development) and François Vaillancourt (University of Montreal) for all of their helpful suggestions. We are grateful to Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton University) and the participants at the IREEP (Institut de Recherche Empirique en Economie Politique) conference, the CERDI (Centre d'Etudes et de Recherche sur le Développement International) seminar, and the CIRANO (Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherche en Analyse des Organisations) workshop, where a preliminary draft of this paper was presented in November 2010. Finally, we acknowledge financial support from the NBER Program on African Successes, especially Elisa Pepe for her amazing support throughout this project. Any remaining errors are ours. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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