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Improving Governance and Wellbeing in Fragile States: Three Essays


This dissertation looks at how governance and citizen wellbeing can be improved in fragile states. The first chapter examines, through a field experiment, how measuring and providing citizens information on government veterinarian performance in rural Punjab, Pakistan can improve subsequent service delivery. The second chapter examines how personality traits of three levels of government health workers predict status quo performance, response to an e monitoring policy reform, and response to actionable information on subordinate performance. The third chapter examines how technological change during the Green Revolution influenced the decision of Pakistani leaders to govern large parts of the country at all.

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