Implementation Level in World Bank Projects: National vs. Local Allocation of Power
Jul 24, 2018
Silvia Marchesi, Tania Masi
Marchesi, Silvia, and Tania Masi. 2018. Implementation Level in World Bank Projects: National vs. Local Allocation of Power. AidData Working Paper #60. Williamsburg, VA: AidData at William & Mary.
In this paper we explore the factors that determine the level at which World Bank projects are implemented. In particular, focusing on the importance of informational asymmetry between levels of government, we empirically assess whether this choice is influenced by the relative importance of the local information at the recipient country level. Using an AidData dataset that provides information on more than 5800 World Bank projects for the period 1995-2014, and controlling for characteristics at both country and project level, we find that transparency does influence the probability that a project is implemented locally rather than nationally. More specifically, a one standard deviation decline in transparency increases the probability that a World Bank project will be implemented locally by up to 3 percent.
World Bank IBRD-IDA Projects
World Bank Geocoded Research Release, Version 1.4.2
This geocoded dataset includes all projects approved from 1995-2014 in the World Bank IBRD/IDA lending lines. It tracks more than $630 billion in commitments for 5,684 projects across 61,243 locations.