Village government form and local service access in Indonesia

Crawford School of Public Policy | Arndt-Corden Department of Economics

Event details

PhD Seminar (Econ)

Date & time

Friday 16 August 2019


Acton Theatre Level 1, JG Crawford Building #132, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Ruth Nikijuluw


Ryan Edwards

This paper contrasts two distinct forms of government at the village level in Indonesia: citizen-based desa and bureaucratic-based kelurahan. Using village-level difference-in-differences and pseudo-village panel techniques, the author investigates whether switching to the more bureaucratic type of governance influences service access.

In this seminar, Ruth Nikijuluw will shed light on why kelurahan status leads to an increase in property crime and reduced access to safe births and immunisation. These findings point to the importance of horizontal accountability and village apparatus engagement, while also providing insights to the debate on whether decentralisation should be extended to the lowest administrative tier.

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