Conflict and cohesion in Liberia
In this field experiment we [Humphreys from Columbia, and James Fearon and Jeremy Weinstein from Stanford] have been studying the political effects of development aid in Lofa county in Northern Liberia. The core idea is that aid is delivered in a way that gives communities a big say in how it is to be used. The big question is does development aid delivered in this way work? Does it affect the way communities make collective decisions? We have been exploring the use of behavioral measures of the form used by behavioral economists to see if the intervention has had an effect on how communities work together. Our evidence says that it did (see AER paper, this CGD working paper, this 2011 working paper focusing on the behavioral measures, and this policy summary of lessons learned). See project documents here.
new: 2011 working paper