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Title Alternatives to Clientelism in Accessing State Services
Post date 12/16/2016
C1 Background and Explanation of Rationale

This experiment includes many descriptive, qualitative and quantitative data that is novel, especially the level of detail on systematic data of clientelistic natures and claim making behavior. The baseline data was used to formulate this pre analysis plan and served as exploratory data. The motivation of the paper is to study how providing services usually provided by clientelistic brokers change citizen behavior and attitudes towards the state.

C2 What are the hypotheses to be tested?

Three main hypotheses are tested:

1. Providing a non-partisan brokerage service will increase the claims individuals make to the state (as measured by the requests done for simple welfare benefits)
2. Providing a non-partisan brokerage service will strengthen citizen's procedural knowledge about the way government distributes welfare benefits.
3. Providing a non-partisan brokerage service will increase citizen's feelings of autonomy of requesting and claiming welfare benefits from the state
4. Providing a non-partisan brokerage service will worsen citizen's evaluations of clientelistic exchanges.

C3 How will these hypotheses be tested? *

I test this through a field experiment in 150 poor localities in the Mexican state of Yucatan. The intervention randomly introduces a community intermediary recruited in 75 of the localities, trained to inform and assist citizens in formally requesting government resources that are usually brokered by partisan intermediaries. A baseline and endline survey will provide individual level outcomes. Administrative data on claims made to the state provides data at the locality level. A large number of supplementary data will be used to analyze mechanisms and uncover clientelistc structures and the ways in which they affect citizen's interaction with the state.

C4 Country Mexico
C5 Scale (# of Units) 150 treated units. 3400 sampled individuals
C6 Was a power analysis conducted prior to data collection? Yes
C7 Has this research received Insitutional Review Board (IRB) or ethics committee approval? Yes
C8 IRB Number 1604548203,
C9 Date of IRB Approval April 28, 2016
C10 Will the intervention be implemented by the researcher or a third party? Researchers
C11 Did any of the research team receive remuneration from the implementing agency for taking part in this research? No
C12 If relevant, is there an advance agreement with the implementation group that all results can be published? Yes
C13 JEL Classification(s) not provided by authors