Leader selection and service delivery in community groups: Experimental evidence from Uganda

Erika Deserranno, Miri Stryjan, Munshi Sulaiman

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Abstract

In developing countries, NGOs and governments often rely on local groups for the delivery of financial and public services. This paper studies how the design of rules used for group leader selection affects leader identity and shapes service delivery. To do so, we randomly assign newly formed savings and loan groups to select their leaders using either a public discussion procedure or a private vote procedure. Leaders selected with a private vote are found to be less positively selected on socioeconomic characteristics. This results in groups that are more inclusive toward poor members, without being less economically efficient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-267
Number of pages28
JournalAmerican Economic Journal: Applied Economics
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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