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Does posting civil servants to their home state affect their productivity?

Robin Burgess, Professor of Economics at London School of Economics (LSE), Marianne Bertrand, Professor of Economics at Booth School of Business University of Chicago and Assistant Professor Guo Xi have penned a great article on the impact on productivity of civil servants working in their own state using India as an example.

Should civil servants be allowed to serve at their home decentralized units?

Civil servants who are posted to their home states have been found to perform worse compared to state officers allocated to states which do not host their home.

Secondly, civil servants who are posted to their home states in India are found to be more corrupt are relatively not able to withstand political pressure.

The three researchers conclude that posting civil servants to their home states may have a negative impact on their ability to deliver on their mandate as state officers.

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