Bergen seminar in development economics at CMI

23 May 2017 16:22

(updated: 23 May 2017 17:09)

Bergen seminar in development economics at CMI

On Wednesday 31 May, the Chr. Michelsen Institute – CMI together with The Choice Lab organizes the Bergen seminar in development economics.

Date: 31 May 2017
 CMI, Jekteviksbakken 31, Bergen.

The half-day seminar starts at 12:45 with lunch and continues with presentations by The Choice Lab researchers Lars Ivar Oppedal BergeVincent Somville, The Choice Lab PhD student Ingrid Hoem Sjursen and Lucie Gadenne, University of Warwick.

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Ingrid Hoem Sjursen (NHH/CMI): 

Accountability and taxation: experimental evidence.

Corruption and mismanagement of government revenue is a widespread and serious obstacle to social and economic development in may poor countries. It has frequently been argued that taxing citizens is a promising strategy to promote good governance, because paying tax makes citizens demand more accountability in government expenditures. There is however very little causal evidence of the effect and what may be the underlying mechanisms. Using an online experiment, this project investigates whether and why demand for accountability is higher when revenue is generated through tax compared to when it is windfall. I propose that citizens care more about tax than windfall revenue for two reasons. First, tax revenue is generated by citizens’ hard work, increasing the weight they attach to revenue being spent fairly. Second, money paid in tax has been citizens’ pockets before being collected, increasing their expectations of what to get in return from their payment.


Vincent Somville (NHH/CMI):

Will Banking Improve the Poor’s Health? Experimental Evidence from India.

Preliminary abstract:
The precautionary and insurance motives have historically been put forward to explain individual savings. The ability to smooth consumption and face negative shocks is all the more crucial to the poorest. By randomly opening bank accounts in unbanked areas of India, we study how banking affects savings and consumption smoothing. We focus on households’ use of savings to cope with health shocks. (with L. Vandewalle and J. Seiermann)


Lars Ivar Berge (NHH/CMI):

Measuring spillover effects from an entrepreneurship program: Evidence from a field experiment in Tanzania.


Lucie Gadenne (University of Warwick):

Taxation, firms and informality: evidence from West Bengal.