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Local governance and the quality of local infrastructure: Evidence from village road projects in rural China
Wong, Ho Lun1; Wang, Yu2; Luo, Renfu3; Zhang, Linxiu4; Rozelle, Scott5
2017-08-01
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF PUBLIC ECONOMICS
ISSN0047-2727
Volume152Pages:119-132
Corresponding AuthorLuo, Renfu(luorf.ccap@pku.edu.cn)
AbstractResearch has shown that allowing local communities to elect their own leaders increases local infrastructure investment. However, much less is known about the effects of local governance reform on the quality of local infrastructure. This paper examines the effects of governance reform implemented in rural Chinese villages on the quality of village road projects. We conduct surveys in 101 rural villages and collect data related to the implementation of the reform over the last two decades. We also measure the quality of over 550 village road projects completed in these villages. Using fixed effects and instrumental variable estimation methods, we find that the implementation of village governance reform increases the quality of village road projects. We also find evidence supporting the following effect mechanisms: (1) village leaders become younger and more educated, (2) high quality road projects increase incumbent leaders' re-election chances, and (3) village residents participate more actively in the management and monitoring of village road projects. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
KeywordLocal governance Infrastructure quality Village roads Village participation Rural China
DOI10.1016/j.jpubeco.2017.06.006
WOS KeywordPUBLIC-GOODS PROVISION ; GRASS-ROOTS DEMOCRACY ; ELECTORAL ACCOUNTABILITY ; FIELD EXPERIMENT ; ELECTIONS ; POVERTY ; DECENTRALIZATION ; EXPANSION ; IMPACT ; INVESTMENTS
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectNatural Science Foundation of China[71473239] ; Natural Science Foundation of China[71033003] ; Natural Science Foundation of China[71333012]
Funding OrganizationNatural Science Foundation of China
WOS Research AreaBusiness & Economics
WOS SubjectEconomics
WOS IDWOS:000407184700010
PublisherELSEVIER SCIENCE SA
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/61356
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorLuo, Renfu
Affiliation1.Lingnan Univ, Dept Econ, 8 Castle Peak Rd, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, Peoples R China
2.Univ Minnesota Twin Cities, Dept Appl Econ, 1994 Buford Ave, St Paul, MN 55108 USA
3.Peking Univ, SAAS, 5 Yiheyuan Rd, Beijing 100871, Peoples R China
4.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, Ctr Chinese Agr Policy, Jia 11,Datun Rd, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
5.Stanford Univ, Freeman Spogli Inst Int Studies, 616 Serra St C100, Stanford, CA 94305 USA
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Wong, Ho Lun,Wang, Yu,Luo, Renfu,et al. Local governance and the quality of local infrastructure: Evidence from village road projects in rural China[J]. JOURNAL OF PUBLIC ECONOMICS,2017,152:119-132.
APA Wong, Ho Lun,Wang, Yu,Luo, Renfu,Zhang, Linxiu,&Rozelle, Scott.(2017).Local governance and the quality of local infrastructure: Evidence from village road projects in rural China.JOURNAL OF PUBLIC ECONOMICS,152,119-132.
MLA Wong, Ho Lun,et al."Local governance and the quality of local infrastructure: Evidence from village road projects in rural China".JOURNAL OF PUBLIC ECONOMICS 152(2017):119-132.
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