• Working Paper

Can Traditional Political Institutions Help the State Raise Taxes? Experimental Evidence from Sierra Leone


This paper explores the dynamics of tax collection in rural areas through a unique lab-in-the-field experiment in Kono District, Sierra Leone. It examines the collaborative efforts of local government officials and the district’s fourteen Paramount Chiefs in tax collection in rural villages. It delves into an innovative approach, where an awareness-raising intervention was designed and conducted in partnership with these local leaders. The intervention utilized a video to educate property owners about a newly introduced property tax, providing insights into the role of traditional political institutions in state tax collection.


Kevin Grieco

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