CEPR Fellows win the inaugural Deutsche Bahn Prize

Friday, September 20, 2013

CEPR fellows Imran Rasul (University College London) and Daniel Rogger (University College London) are the first award winners of the Deutsche Bahn Prize for Outstanding Research in Organisation and Management.

Imran Rasul and Daniel Rogger will each receive a prize of €3,000 for their paper "Management of Bureaucrats and Public Service Delivery: Evidence from the Nigerian Civil Service".

The paper investigates a unique data set on 4,700 public projects in Nigeria that contains both independent engineering assessments of each project’s completion rate and delivered quality, and the results of a survey on management practices for the bureaucrats responsible for these projects. The paper documents that autonomy tends to increase project completion rates and project quality, while management practices related to performance-based incentives have opposite effects.
The paper provides a host of empirical support for leading organisational theories, in particular it is one of the first large-scale empirical tests of the effects of managerial empowerment. Moreover, the paper has many useful implications for the management of public sector projects, in particular, but not only in developing economies.
The prize will be awarded during the second CEPR Conference on Incentives, Organisation, and Management that will take place at the London School of Economics, 26th and 27th of September. CEPR and the scientific committee thank the Deutsche Bahn for their generous support of this series of Conferences and for the prize, which is the first of its kind in Europe.