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Does Decentralization Facilitate Access to Poverty-Related Services? Evidence from Benin
We study the effect of decentralization on the access to some poverty-related public services in Benin. Compiling panel data from local governments' accounts and from surveys on 18,000 Beninese households performed in 2006 and 2007, our study suggests that decentralization has a positive overall effect on access to basic services. However, this effect appears to be nonmonotone following an inverted U-shaped curve. It varies according to local jurisdictions' wealth and to the nature of basicdoi:10.3386/w18118 fatcat:6twzbdte35brfcpmx5lumvs2ki