Is Transparency an Effective Anti-Corruption Strategy? Evidence from a Field Experiment in India

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Peisakhin, Leonid and Paul Pinto

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Field date: 
June 1, 2007
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Sixteen of the 102 recruited individuals withdrew from the study, leaving 86 participants. All but one person who dropped out were discovered not to possess the requisite documents to go through with their application. All attrition occurred before ration card applications were filed.
Randomization procedure: 
Individuals were randomly assigned to one of the three experimental groups or the control.
Those people randomly assigned to the first experimental condition – the information experimental group – submitted an information request under the RTIA shortly after filing their ration card applications. Confederates in the second experimental group – the civil society experimental group – presented a letter of support from a local non-governmental organization (NGO) with their application. Those randomized into the third group – the speed money treatment – paid a bribe to a local official via a middleman. The control group consisted of individuals who applied for the ration card in the standard prescribed manner.
Treatment administration: 
Ration card application, staggered over a course of one month
Outcome measures: 
Length of time that elapses before the applicant is issued a ration card (=government service)
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