• Access to Formal Banking and Household Finances: Experimental Evidence from India 

      Somville, Vincent; Vandewalle, Lore (CMI Working Paper WP 2017:1, Working paper, 2017-02-01)
      Access to formal banking is spreading across the world. Obtaining a bank account may transform how people manage their finances, and affect their savings and consumption. We report from a field experiment that randomly ...
    • Devolutionary delusions? The effect of decentralization on corruption 

      Kolstad, Ivar; Wiig, Arne; Somville, Vincent (CMI Working Paper WP 2014:10, Working paper, 2014-09-01)
      The effect of government decentralization on corruption is theoretically ambiguous. On the one hand, bringing government closer to the people could increase accountability and reduce corruption. On the other hand, ...
    • Elite Capture Through Information Distortion: A Theoretical Essay 

      Platteau, Jean-Philippe; Somville, Vincent; Wahhaj, Zaki (Journal of Development Economics vol. 106, Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2014-01-01)
      We investigate donor-beneficiary relationships in participatory development programs, where (i) communities are heterogeneous and dominated by the local elite, (ii) the elite strategically propose a project to the donor, ...
    • Fertility, household’s size and poverty in Nepal 

      Libois, François; Somville, Vincent (CMI Working Paper WP 2014:4, Working paper, 2014-06-01)
      Population control policies keep on attracting a lot of attention. The main argument in favour of a reduction in fertility rates, is that having more children contributes directly to a household’s poverty. Using the last ...
    • Increasing trust in the bank to enhance savings: Experimental evidence from India 

      Mehrotra, Rahul; Somville, Vincent; vandewalle, Lore (CMI Working Paper WP 2016:01, Working paper, 2016-01-01)
      Recent evidence highlights the importance of trust in explaining bank account savings. According to economic theory, repeated interactions can play a crucial role in shaping trust. We designed the first field experiment ...
    • Petroleum populism: How new resource endowments shape voter choices 

      Stølan, Andreas; Engebretsen, Benjamin; Berge, Lars Ivar Oppedal; Somville, Vincent; Jahari, Cornel; Dupuy, Kendra (CMI Brief vol. 16 no. 11, Report, 2017-12-01)
      High-value natural resources can be a political “curse” when political elites use resource revenues to maintain power, subvert democratic rule, and distribute public goods to their supporters. New resource discoveries can ...
    • Prospects for peace in a petro-state: Gas extraction and participation in violence in Tanzania 

      Stølan, Andreas; Engebretsen, Benjamin; Berge, Lars Ivar Oppedal; Somville, Vincent; Jahari, Cornel; Dupuy, Kendra (CMI Brief vol. 16 no. 10, Report, 2017-12-01)
      Significant petroleum discoveries in Tanzania have shaped the country’s political discourse in recent years, with politicians promising to turn this newfound resource wealth into rapid economic growth and poverty reduction. ...
    • Saving by Default: Evidence from a Field Experiment in India 

      Somville, Vincent; Vandewalle, Lore (IHEID Working Paper 01-2015, Research report, 2015-03-19)
      A growing share of the world population is getting access to a formal bank account. This allows a move from cash to account based payments. Grounding our hypothesis in behavioral economics, we conjecture that being paid ...
    • The Customer is King: Evidence on VAT Compliance in Tanzania 

      Fjeldstad, Odd-Helge; Kagoma, Cecilia; Mdee, Ephraim; Sjursen, Ingrid Hoem; Somville, Vincent (ICTD Working Paper 83, Research report, 2018-10-01)
      Like governments in many other African countries, the Government of Tanzania has been striving to improve the effectiveness of its value added tax (VAT) regime by reducing tax evasion through a combination of measures, ...
    • Ungrateful children: migration intensity and remittances in Nepal 

      Libois, François; Somville, Vincent (CMI Working Paper WP 2014:8, Working paper, 2014-07-01)
      Poverty has declined dramatically in Nepal since the end of the conflict. The sharp increase in revenues primarily comes from remittances. From a household’s perspective, choosing the appropriate number of migrants is ...