J-PAL’s Governance Initiative (GI) will fund field experiments to identify innovative and cost-effective ways to improve governance. As the first step, GI conducted an extensive literature review to document the research that has already been undertaken and what policies have been found effective in improving governance in developing countries around the world. An executive summary of this Governance Review Paper is presented. It includes a brief outline of the existing literature and a key agenda for future research to be funded by GI, followed by details of GI’s plans to translate this agenda into actual field research, and to use this research to influence policy.
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. Introduction to J-PAL&#8217;S governance initiative and executive summary of the governance review paper. Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, Cambridge, MA, USA (2011) 14 pp.