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Evidence to Fix Bureaucracies

May 22, 2019

Washington, DC and Online


VIDEO May 22, 2019

Evidence to Fix Bureaucracies

  • There is an empirical revolution underway in our understanding of the public sector. More data is available on public officials, and what makes public organizations work, than ever before. In this Policy Research Talk, World Bank economist Daniel Rogger will discuss how novel data, frequently collected by the World Bank's Bureaucracy Lab that he co-founded, is changing our understanding of the way government functions and how we might make it work better. The talk will assess new evidence on how the incentives of bureaucrats deviate from the classical concept of the economic agent, and sketch some of the frontiers of research and policy in this area. It will also touch on what this means for the relationship between policy and research in the Bank.

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    Daniel Rogger


    Daniel Rogger is a Research Economist in the Impact Evaluation Unit of the Development Research Group. His areas of interest are political economy, and organizational and public economics. Dan’s research aims to understand how to build organizations that effectively deliver public services. He does large scale surveys and research in collaboration with civil service organizations across the world.


    Francisco Ferreira

    Acting Director of Research

    Francisco H. G. Ferreira is a Senior Adviser in the World Bank’s Development Research Group, where he oversees the Bank’s research programs on poverty and inequality. He was formerly the Bank’s Chief Economist for the Africa Region, and has also served as Deputy Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean, and as co-Director of the World Development Report 2006, on Equity and Development. Francisco is also a non-resident Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Bonn), and has published widely in the fields of poverty and inequality in developing countries.


    Deborah Wetzel

    Director, Regional Integration, Africa & the Middle East and North Africa Regions

    Deborah Wetzel, a U.S. national with more than 25 years of experience in development work around the world, is the World Bank Director for Regional Integration for the Africa and the Middle East and North Africa Regions. Ms. Wetzel was previously the Senior Director for the Governance Global Practice.

  • The Policy Research Talks showcase the latest findings of the research department and their implications for World Bank operations. The monthly event facilitates a dialogue between researchers and operational staff so that we can challenge and contribute to the World Bank's intellectual climate and re-examine conventional wisdom in current development theories and practices. Read More »


  • TIME: 12:30 - 2:00PM ET
  • Location: MC 13-121