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Effect of Political Quotas on Attributes of Political Candidates and Provision of Public Goods

Chitra Jogani ()
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Chitra Jogani: Trinity College

Eastern Economic Journal, 2022, vol. 48, issue 2, No 5, 267-316

Abstract: Abstract This paper provides a comprehensive analysis of the effect of an affirmative action policy on the quality of candidates using political quotas in India. Using the latest data and a regression discontinuity design, I find the caste quotas lead to political candidates with different attributes: lower wealth, lower criminal charges, and increased representation of women, but similar education levels. I find no significant difference in the level of public goods in rural India between quota-bound and non-quota-bound areas. The results suggest an increase in political diversity with no negative effects on the provision of basic facilities.

Keywords: Political quota; Affirmative action; India; Regression discontinuity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 J15 J78 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1057/s41302-022-00209-y

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