BREAD Working Paper No. 537

Governing the Commons? Water and Power in Pakistan’s Indus Basin Hanan G. Jacoby, Ghazala Mansuri Abstract Surface irrigation is a common pool resource characterized by asymmetric appropriation opportunities across upstream and downstream water users. Large canal systems are also predominantly state-managed. We study water allocation under an irrigation bureaucracy subject to corruption and rent-seeking. Data […]

BREAD Working Paper No. 554, January 2019

Does Information Break the Political Resource Curse? Experimental Evidence from Mozambique Alex Armand, Alexander Coutts, Pedro C. Vicente, Inês Vilela Abstract Natural resources can lead to the deterioration of public policies through corruption, as well as to civil conflict. Our paper tests this political resource curse through a large-scale field experiment following the dissemination of […]