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The Power of Transparency: Information, Identification Cards and Food Subsidy Programs in Indonesia

Abhijit Banerjee, Rema Hanna, Jordan C. Kyle, Benjamin A. Olken, Sudarno Sumarto

NBER Working Paper No. 20923
Issued in February 2015

---- Acknowledgments ----

This project was a collaboration involving many people. We thank Nurzanty Khadijah, Chaerudin Kodir, Lina Marliani, Purwanto Nugroho, Hector Salazar Salame, and Freida Siregar for their outstanding work implementing the project and Alyssa Lawther, Gabriel Kreindler, Wayne Sandholtz, He Yang, Gabriel Zucker for excellent research assistance. We thank Mitra Samya, the Indonesian National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction (particularly Bambang Widianto, Suahasil Nazara, Sri Kusumastuti Rahayu, and Fiona Howell), and SurveyMetre (particularly Bondan Sikoki and Cecep Sumantri) for their cooperation implementing the project and data collection. This project was financially supported by the Australian Government through the Poverty Reduction Support Facility. Jordan Kyle acknowledges support from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship under Grant No. 2009082932. All views expressed in the paper are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views any of the National Bureau of Economic Research or the many institutions or individuals acknowledged here.

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Abhijit Banerjee ----

The Abdul Latif Poverty Action Lab at MIT, of which Banerjee is a Director, received a grant from the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (also known as Australian Aid) to support our work on randomized experiments in Indonesia, including this project. However, Banerjee did not receive any salary support directly from that grant. Neither the Indonesian Government, TNP2K, nor the Australian Government had the right of prior review over this paper. However, they were provided with a copy of the paper prior to submission as a courtesy.

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Rema Hanna ----

Rema Hanna is a scientific director at JPAL-South East Asia. J-PAL has no stake in the outcomes of any given evaluation results; however, J-PAL does have a position on what is considered a rigorous evaluation methodology.

This project was financially supported by the Australian Government through the Poverty Reduction Support Facility.

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Jordan C. Kyle ----

Kyle’s time in Indonesia was supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (also known as Australian Aid) as part of their support our work on randomized experiments in Indonesia, including this project. Neither the Indonesian Government, TNP2K, nor the Australian Government had the right of prior review over this paper. However, they were provided with a copy of the paper prior to submission as a courtesy.

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Benjamin A. Olken ----

Olken Disclosures for The Power of Transparency: Information, Identification Cards and Food Subsidy Programs in Indonesia

• The Abdul Latif Poverty Action Lab at MIT, of which Olken is a Director, received a grant from the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (also known as Australian Aid) to support our work on randomized experiments in Indonesia, including this project.

• Olken has received salary support from that grant.

• Neither the Indonesian Government, TNP2K, nor the Australian Government had the right of prior review over this paper. However, they were provided with a copy of the paper prior to submission as a courtesy.

• Olken is a director of the Abdul Latif Poverty Action Lab at MIT, which supports the use of randomized trials.

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Sudarno Sumarto ----

• Sumarto is currently employed by the Indonesian Government’s National Commission for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction (TNP2K).

• TNP2K is funded in part by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (also known as Australian Aid) through the Poverty Reduction Support Facility, which also funded this study.

• The program being studied is an Indonesian government program and was implemented by TNP2K.

• Neither the Indonesian Government, TNP2K, nor the Australian Government had the right of prior review over this paper. However, they were provided with a copy of the paper prior to submission as a courtesy.

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