Title
Reducing corruption in public education programs in Africa : instruments and capture in Madagascar
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Publication type
article
Publication
Leuven ,
Subject
Sociology
Politics
Source (journal)
Review of business and economics. - Leuven, 2008 - 2011
Volume/pages
54(2009) , p. 383-397
ISSN
2031-1761
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Abstract
This paper investigates how the choice of public expenditure instrument is affecting capture in the public education sector. We analyze data on two public funding schemes in Madagascar. We find that there is much more capture of in-kind than of cash transfers. Capture of both instruments declines with better local access to media information and with higher local literacy rates. However, capture of cash grants falls rapidly with a raise in the level of education of the intended beneficiaries, while this effect is significantly weaker for capture of in-kind funds. Our findings suggest that intensive monitoring and increased public access to information should be combined with the right instrument for public funding implementation in order to eradicate capture and corruption.