Policy Research Talk | Washington, D.C. and Online

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Event Date Tue Mar 10 EDT (almost 2 years ago)
Location Policy Research Talk | Washington, D.C. and Online
Region Americas

Can anything be done to reverse this growing “democracy fatigue”? In this talk, World Bank economist Vijayendra Rao will examine three approaches to reinvigorating democratic systems in developing countries:

Direct Democracy: How effective are forms of direct democracy, where collective action is resolved not by counting votes but by consensus building? Rao will present results from analyses of large samples of transcripts of village meetings in rural India – where such meetings are constitutionally sanctioned and fundamental to local government.
Performance Incentives: How effective are salary-based performance incentives for elected representatives, as well as incentives that raise public budgets and provide non-monetary rewards for good performance?
Democratizing Data: New methods can empower citizens to analyze and act on their own data. Rao will present tools for democratizing data that have been developed in the context of large World Bank projects in India and Indonesia.


2020 Speakers

Vijaendra Rao
Lead Economisit, Development Research Group of the World Bank

Asad Alam
Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, World Bank

Aart Kraay
Director of Research, World Bank