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Data and policy decisions: experimental evidence from Pakistan

Callen, Mike, Gulzar, Saad, Hasanain, Ali, Khan, Muhammad Yasir and Rezaee, Arman (2020) Data and policy decisions: experimental evidence from Pakistan. Journal of Development Economics, 146. ISSN 0304-3878

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2020.102523

Abstract

We evaluate a program in Pakistan that equips government health inspectors with a smartphone app which channels data on rural clinics to senior policy makers. The system led to rural clinics being inspected 104% more often after 6 months, but only 43.8% more often after a year, with the latter estimate not attaining significance at conventional levels. There is also no clear evidence that the increase in inspections led to increases in general staff attendance. In addition, we test whether senior officials act on the information provided by the system. Focusing only on districts where the app is deployed, we find that highlighting poorly performing facilities on a dashboard viewed by supervisors raises doctor attendance by 75%. Our results indicate that technology may be able to mobilize data to useful effect, even in low capacity settings.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-devel...
Additional Information: © 2020 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
T Technology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2020 08:54
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 02:17
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/105584

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