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Politics and Governance

Audits of Development Projects and Elected Officials (East and Central Java, Indonesia)



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Authors

Benjamin Olken

Source

Journal of Political Economy

Year

2007

Link

Intervention

The intervention had two components: (i) shift in the probability of external governmental audit from a baseline of 0.04 to 1 on expenditures related to infrastructure projects (mainly roads) in the Kecataman Development Project, a government program funded through a loan from the World Bank; (ii) presentation of the audit results in special village meetings

Unit of Analysis

Villages in East Java and Central Java

Year

2003-2004

Country

Indonesia

Outcome Methodology Effect
Logarithm of ratio between reported and actual amount spent on major items in roads (~percent missing) Randomized Controlled Trial (Average Intention-to-Treat Parameter) Magnitude: -0.048, Standard error: 0.031
Logarithm of ratio between reported and actual amount spent on major items in roads and ancillary projects (~percent missing) Randomized Controlled Trial (Average Intention-to-Treat Parameter) Magnitude: -0.086, Standard error: 0.037
Logarithm of ratio between reported and actual amount spent on major items in roads (materials, ~percent missing) Randomized Controlled Trial (Average Intention-to-Treat Parameter) Magnitude: -0.034, Standard error: 0.037
Logarithm of ratio between reported and actual amount spent on major items in roads (unskilled labor, ~percent missing) Randomized Controlled Trial (Average Intention-to-Treat Parameter) Magnitude: -0.041, Standard error: 0.072


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