Reform Incentives Project

Making Reform Incentives Work for Developing Countries

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Wealthy countries and international organizations have created a wide range of instruments to promote economic, political, social, and environmental reforms that they hope will accelerate economic growth and improve living standards in developing countries. However, scholars and policymakers know very little about when and why the policies, practices, and programs of international development agencies are effective in promoting the reform efforts of low and lower-middle income countries.

The Making Reform Incentives Work for Developing Countries project seeks to equip the global policy community with better information about “what works and what doesn’t” in policy, legal, regulatory, and institutional reform. By surveying thousands of public and private sector leaders in 126 countries, our team will generate and analyze a first-of-its-kind dataset on how development agencies influence and impact domestic reform efforts throughout the developing world. Our hope is that this research will provide policymakers with the information they need to successfully design and implement appropriate, effective, and lasting reforms.

The Reform Incentives Project is generously supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the College of William & Mary.