• Sendhil Mullainathan


Targeting with Agents. Sendhil Mullainathan, 2013, Paper. "Targeting assistance to the poor is a central problem in development. We study the problem of designing a proxy means test when the implementing agent is corruptible. Conditioning on more poverty indicators may worsen targeting in this environment because of a novel tradeo between statistical accuracy and enforceability. We then test necessary conditions for this tradeo using data on Below Poverty Line card allocation in India. Less eligible households pay larger bribes and are less likely to obtain cards, but..." Link Verified October 13, 2014