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Broken Cities: The Effect of Government Responsiveness on Citizens' Participation

What is the impact of government responsiveness on citizens’ participation in local public goods provision? I explore whether government receptiveness to requests for maintenance work (e.g., sidewalk repairs, tree pruning) affects the likelihood that citizens will demand new government projects. I ran a field experiment in collaboration with the Government of the City of Buenos Aires that generated an exogenous increase in repairs of broken sidewalks reported by citizens. I find that when the government repairs sidewalks after citizens file complaints, other citizens are more likely to issue additional requests for public maintenance work.

Laura Trucco

Breaking Clientelism or Rewarding Incumbents? Evidence From an Urban Titling Program in Mexico

Clientelism is common in developing countries, and often detrimentally affects political accountability and public good provision. However, little is known empirically about how clientelistic ties can be broken, particularly because policy reforms that could reduce voter dependence on incumbents for special favors may also cause voters to reward the reform's architects. 

Larreguy, Horacio, John Marshall, and Laura Trucco