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Economics Departmental Seminar Series

Title: 'Does clientelism adversely affect public good provision? An empirical study.'

By Anirban Kar (Delhi School of Economics)    


Abstract: The presence of patron-client relations in political-economic-social spheres can undermine democratic institutions. It has been hypothesized that clientelism may induce greater personalized redistribution to poorer households, as their votes are `cheaper to buy'. But this may come at the expense of the supply of public goods and infrastructure. However, evidence of clientelistic distortion is rare in the literature. In this paper, we show that the presence of patron-client relations indeed causes poorer provision for some types of infrastructure goods. This complements our earlier paper, which found that MGNREGS jobs are often used as a clientelistic transfer.

Event Date: 
Friday, October 25, 2019 -
Friday 25, Oct 2019
02:00 PM - 03:15 PM