Stakeholder engagement increases transparency, satisfaction, and civic action

Example of estimated treatment effects

Abstract

This study evaluates the effectiveness of a Stakeholder Engagement (SE) intervention in improving outcomes for communities affected by oil and gas extraction in Western Uganda. The study design is a randomized controlled trial where villages are randomly assigned to a treatment group (participating in SE) or a control group (not participating). Data are collected via household surveys at baseline and end line in 107 villages in the Albertine Graben. We find that SE improves transparency, civic activity, and satisfaction with issues that most concern the people under study. While satisfaction has improved, it is too early to ascertain whether these interventions improve long-term outcomes. These results are robust when controlling for spillover effects and other subregional fixed effects.

Publication
the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(49)
Bill Schultz
Bill Schultz
Asst. Instructional Professor

My substantive research interests include international development, conservation efforts, and resource politics. Methodologically, I’m interested in geospatial data, causal inference, and game theory.