Jati, local public goods and village governance private actions and public outcomes

Raghbendra Jha, Hari N Nagarajan, Anirudh Tagat

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    Abstract

    This paper purports to understand whether voting along narrow parochial lines in socially and ethnically fragmented societies has measurable gains. Using data from rural India, we establish that identity based voting, driven by membership in social and informal networks, will lead to enhanced participation in welfare programs, which in turn leads to increased consumption growth. We also show that reducing agency costs does not necessarily remove the need for identity]based voting, and that such voting behavior is a means for engaging in capture of public and private benefits by these groups. Some policy recommendations are also advanced.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)43-50
    JournalEconomic and Political Weekly
    Volume54
    Issue number49
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

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