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Philip Keefer

Lead Economist

PHILIP KEEFER is a Lead Research Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. Since receiving his PhD in Economics from Washington University at St. Louis, he has worked continuously on the interaction of institutions, political economy and economic development. His research has included investigations of the impact of insecure property rights on economic growth; the effect of political credibility on the policy choices of governments; and the sources of political credibility in democracies and autocracies. It has appeared in journals that span economics and political science, ranging from the Quarterly Journal of Economics to the American Review of Political Science, and has been influenced by his work in a wide range of countries, including Bangladesh, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, México, Perú, Pakistan and the Philippines.

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World Bank working papers and publications

1 .Party age and party color : new results on the political economy of redistribution and inequality
2 .Radio's impact on preferences for patronage benefits
3 .Intrinsic motivation, effort and the call to public service
4 .The organization of political parties and the politics of bureaucratic reform
5 .Political budget cycles and the organization of political parties
6 .Promises, promises : vote-buying and the electoral mobilization strategies of non-credible politicians
7 .Organizing for prosperity : collective action, political parties and the political economy of development
8 .Why follow the leader ? collective action, credible commitment and conflict
9 .Do informed citizens receive more...or pay more ? the impact of radio on the government distribution of public health benefits
10 .Collective action, political parties and pro-development public policy
11 .Mass media and public services : the effects of radio access on public education in Benin
12 .Innocent bystanders : developing countries and the war on drugs
13 .The ethnicity distraction ? political credibility and partisan preferences in Africa
14 .Earthquake propensity and the politics of mortality prevention
15 .When do Legislators pass on "Pork" ? the determinants of legislator utilization of a constituency development fund in India
16 .The development impact of the illegality of drug trade
17 .The World Bank economic review 22 (1)
18 .Insurgency and credible commitment in autocracies and democracies
19 .Beyond legal origin and checks and balances : political credibility, citizen information, and financial sector development
20 .The World Bank research observer 22 (2)
21 .Democratization and clientelism: why are young democracies badly governed?
22 .The World Bank research observer 20 (1)
23 .Democracy, credibility and clientelism
24 .Elections, special interests, and the fiscal costs of financial crisis
25 .A review of the political economy of governance : from property rights to voice
26 .What does political economy tell us about economic development - and vice versa?
27 .Democracy, public expenditures, and the poor
28 .Boondoogles and expropriation : rent-sseking and policy distortion when property rights are insecure
29 .Social polarization, social institutions, and country creditworthiness
30 .Checks and balances, private information, and the credibility of monetary commitments
31 .When do special interests run rampant ? disentangling the role in banking crises of elections, incomplete information, and checks and balances
32 .The World Bank economic review 15 (1)
33 .Polarization, politics, and property rights : links between inequality and growth
34 .Bureaucratic delegation and political institutions: when are independent central banks irrelevent?
35 .New tools and new tests in comparative political economy - the database of political institutions




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