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Seema Jayachandran is a professor in the department of economics at Princeton University. Her research interests include health, education, labor markets, the environment, and political economy in developing nations. She has been an NBER affiliate since 2007.

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Benjamin A. Olken is a professor in the department of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. His research focuses on the political economy of developing nations, with particular emphasis on corruption. He has been an NBER affiliate since 2005.

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Rural Population Density Linked to Chinese Entrepreneurial Development figure
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Since the early 1990s, the Chinese economy has achieved some of the highest rates of growth in GDP per capita in recorded history. This was accompanied by...
This figure consists of two maps of Jakarta titled, Current TransJakarta Bus Network Versus an Optimal Network.  The map on the left is labeled, Current Network. The map on the right is labeled, Example of Optimal Network. Both graphs are dense in the center but the example of optimal network is more extensive towards the borders of the area.  The note line reads, shaded blue area represents the central urban Jakarta area. The source line reads, Source: Researchers’ calculations using administrative ridersh
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TransJakarta, the bus system serving greater Jakarta, Indonesia, undertook a major expansion in the last decade. It tripled its routes and doubled the...
Donor Contracting Conditions and Public Procurement: Causal Evidence from Kenyan Electrification figure
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Governments and multilateral institutions often implement policies through procurement contracts: agreements with private companies for building a piece of...
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