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Information, Ethnic Voting and Accountability: Evidence from Sierra Leone

Seminar

Speaker(s)

Katherine Casey, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Brenna Powell, Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation

Date and Time

April 23, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Availability

Open to the public.

No RSVP required

Location

CISAC Central Conf 2nd FLREncina Hall Central, 2nd floor, 616 Serra St. , Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305

FSI Contact

Alison Epstein

It is often lamented that weak accountability and poor governance impede economic development in Africa. One contributing factor is tribal allegiances that deliver the vote of co-ethnics irrespective of the competence or performance of individual politicians, thereby dampening electoral incentives. This paper explores this accountability problem and potential solutions in the context of post-war Sierra Leone.