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Is economic development affected by the leaders' education levels?: Evidence from India

Chandan Jain, Shagun Kashyap, Rahul Lahoti and Soham Sahoo ()

No wp-2022-68, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: Although formal education is often considered an indicator of political leaders' quality, the evidence on the effectiveness of educated leaders is mixed. Besides, minimum education qualifications are increasingly being used as requirements for contesting elections, making it critical to understand the role of politicians' education in their performance. We investigate the impact of electing an educated politician on economic development in the politician's constituency in India.

Keywords: political leaders; Elections; Public goods; India; Education; Public goods provisions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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