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 Senior 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. Picking up the story where he left it in an earlier Policy Research Talk, Rogger will assess new evidence on the design of accountability structures, the role of public service culture, and methods for better understanding public administration. The talk will also touch on what this means for the relationship between policy and research in the Bank.
The monthly Policy Research Talks showcase the latest findings of the World Bank’s research department, challenge and contribute to the institution’s intellectual climate, and re-examine conventional wisdom in current development theories and practice. These talks facilitate a dialogue between researchers and operational staff and inform World Bank operations both globally and within partner countries. Read More »