Research Projects by Region

Population and Economic Recovery in Coastal Aceh: Aid and Village Institutions

This project focuses on coastal villages in post-tsunami Indonesia, examining the ability of local political leaders to carry out public projects through “volunteer work days.” It uses a panel data set containing rich detail on local economic and political institutions, interaction of villages with external institutions, population change, and trauma suffered. Pre-existing social capital, the number of aid projects and the method of aid delivery all strongly affect village volunteerism in 2007, but many effects weakened by 2009.