Skill versus Voice in Local Development
NBER Working Paper No. 25022
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We thank Angélica Eguiguren, Erin Iyigun, Mirella Schrijvers, Eleanor Wiseman and the Innovations for Poverty Action team in Freetown for excellent research assistance and fieldwork. We thank the Decentralization Secretariat, the GoBifo Project, Local Councillors in Bombali and Bonthe districts, and a panel of experts for their collaboration. Mike Callen, Macartan Humphreys, Ken Opalo, Ann Swidler, Eva Vivalt and numerous seminar participants provided valuable comments. We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the Governance Initiative at J-PAL, NWO 451-14-001 and the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies. All errors are our own. This study was pre-registered on the AEA registry: https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/1784. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research or the Department for International Development.