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Stuti Khemani

Senior Economist

STUTI KHEMANI is a Senior Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. Her area of research is the political economy of public policy choices, and institutional reforms for development. She has studied the impact of electoral politics on fiscal policy and intergovernmental fiscal relations; drawn policy implications for the design of institutions to promote fiscal responsibility; and analyzed political constraints to efficient allocation of public resources for health and education services. She is currently examining the role of mass media and local elections in overcoming political obstacles to development policies. Her research and advisory work spans a diverse range of countries, including Benin, Bolivia, China, India, the Philippines, and Nigeria. She holds a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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World Bank working papers and publications

1 .Political economy of reform
2 .Demand and supply curves in political markets : understanding the problem of public goods and why governments fail them
3 .If politics is the problem, how can external actors be part of the solution ?
4 .Making politics work for development : harnessing transparency and citizen engagement
5 .Radio's impact on preferences for patronage benefits
6 .The World Bank research observer 29 (1)
7 .Buying votes vs. supplying public services : political incentives to under-invest in pro-poor policies
8 .Do informed citizens receive more...or pay more ? the impact of radio on the government distribution of public health benefits
9 .Civil society, public action and accountability in Africa
10 .Mass media and public services : the effects of radio access on public education in Benin
11 .Political economy of infrastructure spending in India
12 .Political capture of decentralization : vote-buying through grants-financed local jurisdictions
13 .When do Legislators pass on "Pork" ? the determinants of legislator utilization of a constituency development fund in India
14 .Populist fiscal policy
15 .Pitfalls of participatory programs : evidence from a randomized evaluation in education in India
16 .Can information campaigns spark local participation and improve outcomes ? A study of primary education in Uttar Pradesh, India
17 .Decentralization and service delivery
18 .The World Bank research observer 20 (1)
19 .Democracy, public expenditures, and the poor
20 .Partisan politics and intergovernmental transfers in India
21 .Federal politics and budget deficits: evidence from the states of India
22 .Decentralization and accountability : are voters more vigilant in local than in national elections ?
23 .Political cycles in a developing economy - effect of elections in Indian States

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