Public good provision and deliberative democracy: evidence from Malawi

Public good provision and deliberative democracy: evidence from MalawiSpeaker: Annemie Maertens, development economist and senior lecturer at the Department of Economics at the University of Sussex
Chair: Birte Snilstveit, Senior Manager, Synthesis and Reviews & Head of 3ie London Office
Discussant: Mark Engelbert, Evaluation Specialist, 3ie's Systematic Reviews Office

Time: 12:30 -14:00 GMT
Venue: Rose Room, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT

Start Date: 29 January 2020 End Date: 29 January 2020

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Annemie Maertens will present the results of a public goods game with farmer clubs in Malawi to determine the socio-political conditions that increase cooperation. This paper explores the conditions in which community-driven development programmes are most likely to succeed in assisting smallholder farmers.

By experimentally varying the degree of democracy in the farmer clubs, while continuing to measure the strength of social ties, the team found out whether democratically run clubs contribute more than clubs with leader driven decision-making, using a public goods game with farmer clubs, a household survey and qualitative data from focus group interviews.

You can read the paper here.

3ie partially funded this paper as part of an ongoing grant under our Agricultural Innovations Evidence Programme.

About the speaker

Annemie Maertens is a development economist and senior lecturer at the Department of Economics at the University of Sussex. She obtained her PhD from Cornell University in 2010. Before embarking on a career as an economist, she was an agricultural engineer, with an interest in tropical agricultural systems. She uses the tools of social and behavioural economics to understand poverty dynamics in rural settings in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on agricultural technology adoption, agricultural markets and investment in education.

This event is co-organized by 3ie and LIDC, as part of the monthly ‘What works in international development’ seminar series, which explores the findings of newly-published systematic reviews.