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American Economic Journal: Applied Economics: Vol. 2 No. 3 (July 2010)

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Service Delivery and Corruption in Public Services: How Does History Matter?

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Pandey, Priyanka. 2010. "Service Delivery and Corruption in Public Services: How Does History Matter?" American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2(3): 190-204.

DOI: 10.1257/app.2.3.190

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This paper provides microlevel evidence of how past institutions impact present economic outcomes. It looks at the impact of colonial land tenure institutions on local governance and education outcomes in northern India. Outcomes are worse in villages that belong to areas with a history of concentration of power with the elites. Such areas continue to retain a greater political presence of socially and economically dominant classes. Future research should examine the success of policies that attempt to break such persistence through empowerment of nonelite groups. (JEL D02, H70, I20, N35, N45, O15, O18)

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Pandey, Priyanka (World Bank)

JEL Classifications

D02: Institutions: Design, Formation, and Operations
H70: State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations: General
I20: Education and Research Institutions: General
N35: Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, and Religion: Asia including Middle East
N45: Economic History: Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation: Asia including Middle East
O15: Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
O18: Economic Development: Regional, Urban, and Rural Analyses; Transportation

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