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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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Governments and multilateral institutions often implement policies through procurement contracts: agreements with private companies for building a piece of...
The figure is a two-panel bar chart titled, "Cash Transfers and Crop Residue Burning among Punjabi Farmers."   Both panels plot bars associated with farmers receiving upfront, unconditional payments, and farmers receiving payment after verified compliance.   The left hand panel plots the contract compliance rate and ranges from zero to 20 percent. The rate for the upfront-payment group is 18.3 percent, and 8.5 percent for the other.  The right hand panel plots the effect on the nonburning rate, relative to
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  In 2015, in an attempt to combat its poor air quality, India banned the burning of agricultural residues. But bans have not worked, and pollution...
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Firms vary widely in their management practices and productivity, especially in low-income countries. In Acquisitions, Management, and Efficiency in...
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