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Title:What differences can performance ratings make? Difference-in-difference estimates of impact on local government responsiveness in the Philippines PDF Logo
Authors:Capuno, Joseph J.
Garcia, Maria Melody S.
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:Discussion paper // School of Economics, University of the Philippines 2009,08
Abstract:In many countries that have decentralized, improving the accountability of local officials is increasingly emphasized to make them more responsive to their constituents' needs. This paper provides evidence that the public announcement of performance ratings can induce local governments to become responsive. The evidence is based on application of a difference-in-difference method on a unique household-level dataset collected during the three-year pilot test of a rating system in 12 municipalities and cities in the Philippines. The results are consistent with the predictions of political agency models of incumbent behavior. Some policy guidelines on the design and implementation performance benchmarks are made.
Subjects:Local governments
political agency
performance ratings
decentralization
JEL:H11
H30
H77
C93
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:UPSE Discussion Papers, University of the Philippines

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