Editorial from
Jonathan Weigel
November 16, 2022
4. Quality education

4. Quality education

Ensure access to inclusive, quality and equitable education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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"Optimal Assignment of Bureaucrats: Evidence DRC", with Jonathan Weigel, University of California

"Optimal Assignment of Bureaucrats: Evidence DRC", with Jonathan Weigel, University of California

The assignment of workers to tasks and teams is a key margin of firm productivity and apotential source of state effectiveness. This paper investigates whether a low-capacity statecan increase its tax revenue through the optimal assignment of its tax collectors. We study thetwo-stage random assignment of property tax collectors (i) into teams and (ii) to neighborhoodsin a large Congolese city. The optimal assignment involves positive assortative matching onboth dimensions: high (low) ability collectors should be paired together, and high (low) abilityteams should be paired with high (low) payment propensity households. Positive assortativematching stems from complementarities in collector-to-collector and collector-to-householdmatch types. We provide evidence that these complementarities reflect high-ability collectorsexerting greater effort when matched with other high-ability collectors. Implementing theoptimal assignment would increase tax compliance by an estimated 36% relative to the statusquo (random) assignment. By contrast, the government would need to replace 62% of lowability collectors with high-ability ones or increase collectors’ performance wages by 69% toachieve a similar increase under the status quo assignment.

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