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Faculty, fellows, and students at the Center for International Development regularly publish research in a wide range of academic and policy venues.

These include working papers in either our faculty or fellows CID Working Paper series, books, book chapters, articles in top peer-reviewed journals, policy pieces, op-eds in news outlets, reports, and conference papers.

We've highlighted some of our latest releases below. 

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Making Moves Matter: Experimental Evidence on Incentivizing Bureaucrats through Performance-Based Postings

Bureaucracies often post staff to better or worse locations to incentivize better performance – but how well does the practice work? Asim Khwaja and coauthors collaborated with the tax authority in Punjab province to conduct a policy experiment with 525 property tax inspectors. They found that one of the tested treatments increased annual tax revenue growth by 30–41 percent. 

Read Asim Khwaja and Tiffany Simon's op-ed on the results in context with other research.

BOOKS

Building State Capability: Evidence, Analysis, Action

This book by Matt Andrews, Lant Pritchett, and Michael Woolcock uses data to identify failures in efforts to build state capability in development, employs theory to explain why these failures are common and likely to persist - keeping countries in capability traps - and builds on applied experience to offer a new approach to build state capability more effectively. 

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