Taxes are either loved or hated: they're seen either as promoting social equality or retarding economic growth. Yamini Aiyar and Lant Pritchett add nuance to this picture and look at the productive and unproductive role taxes play in an Indian context.
Value Subtraction in Public Sector Production: Accounting Versus Economic Cost of Primary Schooling in IndiaBy
We combine newly created data on per student government expenditure on children in government elementary schools across India, data on per student expenditure by households on students attending private elementary schools, and the ASER measure of learning achievement of students in rur Read more »
Public sector service delivery in India is notorious for its low coverage, poor quality and high corruption. This is in striking contrast to the political commitment toinclusive development, and the aspirations of the Indian Constitution. Read more »
Spectators or Participants? Examining the Effects of Social Audits on Citizen-State Relations and the Local Politics of Corruption in Andhra PradeshBy
How does a hierarchical, top-down state respond to efforts to become directly accountable to its citizens? This paper analyses this question through India’s experience with implementing social audits for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in the state of Andhra Pradesh (AP), India. Read more »
The field notes in this series seek to document accountability mechanisms built into key government programs for service delivery. Read more »