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On October 24th, 2017, the AidData-hosted event, Tyranny of Averages: Are we worsening inequality within countries?, brought together Amanda Glassman (CGD), Caroline Heider (World Bank), Selim Jahan (UNDP), Kevin Croke (World Bank), Bradley C. Parks (AidData) and Samantha Custer (AidData) for an engaging panel discussion on issues of inequality and aid targeting addressed by the report. Watch the recording or read a summary of the remarks.

AidData Working Paper

Tangible Information and Citizen Empowerment: Identification Cards and Food Subsidy Programs in Indonesia

Date Published

Jun 1, 2016

Authors

Abhijit Banerjee, Rema Hanna, Jordan Kyle, Benjamin A. Olken, Sudarno Sumarto

Publisher

Citation

Banerjee, Abhijit, Rema Hanna, Jordan Kyle, Benjamin A. Olken, Sudarno Sumarto. 2016. Tangible Information and Citizen Empowerment: Identification Cards and Food Subsidy Programs in Indonesia. AidData Working Paper #27. Williamsburg, VA: AidData. Accessed at http://aiddata.org/working-papers.

Update: A revised version of this paper has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Political Economy.

AidData Working Paper

Tangible Information and Citizen Empowerment: Identification Cards and Food Subsidy Programs in Indonesia

Date Published

Jun 1, 2016

Authors

Abhijit Banerjee, Rema Hanna, Jordan Kyle, Benjamin A. Olken, Sudarno Sumarto

Citation

Banerjee, Abhijit, Rema Hanna, Jordan Kyle, Benjamin A. Olken, Sudarno Sumarto. 2016. Tangible Information and Citizen Empowerment: Identification Cards and Food Subsidy Programs in Indonesia. AidData Working Paper #27. Williamsburg, VA: AidData. Accessed at http://aiddata.org/working-papers.

Local officials in developing countries do not always implement programs as the central government intends, often due to corruption. Directly informing citizens about their rights may result in citizens receiving more, but whether this occurs in practice is ultimately an empirical question. In an experiment in over 550 villages, we test whether mailing cards with program information to targeted beneficiaries increases the subsidy they receive from a subsidized rice program. On net, beneficiaries received 26 percent more subsidy in card villages. Ineligible households received no less, so this represents substantially lower leakage.

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