Projects

Projects
Political Economy of Public Good Provision
2018

with Ishani Chatterjee ( ISB) and Ritika Sethi (ISB)

We use geographical data from Census 2011, rural electrification data from the Government of India and nightlights data from NOAA to analyse the political economy of public good provision. Using a combination of regression discontinuity, spatial discontinuity and time series approaches, we argue that political patronage is prevalent in case of a clear-cut political victory whereas there is evidence of tactical redistribution in close election contests. This finding also suggests that tactical redistribution helped the incumbent politicians garner a higher number of votes. 

Accepted at 

  • XXVIIIth Annual General Conference on Contemporary Issues in Development Economics ,  Dec 2018
  • Conference on Digital Economy, Dec 2018

Paper provided on Request 

Can networks improve policy outcomes?
2018

Interventions implemented across geographical clusters can have spatial spillovers. Using a nationally representative household survey, I examine the cross-cluster positive spillover of a health education program on the health behaviour of young women. I find that being a district with a high density of treated neighbours improves the positive effect of the program on health-seeking behaviour, awareness, discussion, and habits. There is no such spillover for outcomes which do not depend on information dissemination. This suggests that the mediating channel could be knowledge exchange among recipients.

Accepted at 

  • Conference on Digital Economy,  Dec 2018

Paper provided on Request 

Uncertainty and Decision Making
2018-19

Using a theoretical model and supplemented by a proposed experiment, I aim to understand how different perceptions of uncertainty can lead to differential decision making.

Status :  Literature Review, Experiment building in zTree