State Authority


The provision of public goods and services by the state and state institutions is critical for the overall economic and social development of a country. In view of this important role that the state plays in resource provision to its citizens, this project investigates various hypotheses about what drives the decision to access public services through the state and how citizens interact with state institutions and representatives.

The project has conducted field experiments to assess the logic behind citizens’ interaction with dispute resolution forums. It has also designed interventions which increase citizens’ interaction with state resources.

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Principal Investigators

Dr. Asim Khwaja, Harvard University

Dr. Ali Cheema, Lahore University of Management and Sciences

Dr. James Robinson, University of Chicago

Dr. Daron Acemoglu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Partners and Funders

Project Period

2018 – Ongoing


Trust in State and Non-State Actors: Evidence from Dispute Resolution in Pakistan