John de Figueiredo
Duke University

de Figueiredo


(Monday, 18th May 2015)

Title : The Internal Organization of Public Agencies

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Government institutions are important to economic performance. Traditionally, government administrative institutions have been a black box, where political preferences and/or ideology enter and policies result, sometimes as a result of inter-institutional bargaining. In fact, government administrative agencies are made up of human capital that affect the quality of the conversion of inputs to policy outcomes. In my talk, I plan to explain the importance of unpacking government administrative institutions, with a focus on the human capital, to explain the quality of government policy-making and its impact on economic performance.

Bibliographical references :

Cameron, Charles M., John M. de Figueiredo, and David E. Lewis (2015). “Public Sector Personnel Economics: Wages, Promotions, and the Competence-Control Trade-off,” Princeton University Working Paper.