Journal article: Cash transfers increase trust in local government

In their recent paper in World Development, David Evans, Brian Holtemeyer, and Katrina Kosec explore how conditional cash transfer programs can impact trust in government, and how the information available to citizens affects this relationship.

The analysis of a locally-managed cash transfer program in Tanzania in 2010 reveals that transfers significantly increased trust in elected leaders (as opposed to appointed bureaucrats). Citizens also felt that government was more responsive to their concerns and more honest. These improvements were largest in the villages where there were more community meetings before the program began. Read more>>