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Juan Francisco Santini

Innovations for Poverty Action
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Institutional Affiliation: Innovations for Poverty Action

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June 2019How Research Affects Policy: Experimental Evidence from 2,150 Brazilian Municipalities
with Jonas Hjort, Diana Moreira, Gautam Rao: w25941
This paper investigates if research findings change political leaders’ beliefs and cause policy change. Collaborating with the National Confederation of Municipalities in Brazil, we work with 2,150 municipalities and the mayors who control their policies. We use experiments to measure mayors’ demand for research information and their response to learning research findings. In one experiment, we find that mayors and other municipal officials are willing to pay to learn the results of impact evaluations, and update their beliefs when informed of the findings. They value larger-sample studies more, while not distinguishing on average between studies conducted in rich and poor countries. In a second experiment, we find that informing mayors about research on a simple and effective policy (remi...
 
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