Economics Seminar on 'Clientelism and Violence: The Politics of Informal Economy' | Shiv Nadar University
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Economics Seminar on 'Clientelism and Violence: The Politics of Informal Economy'

Event Date: 
Friday, October 1, 2021 -

The Department of Economics invites you to a virtual seminar titled 'Clientelism and Violence: The Politics of Informal Economy' by Dr. Abhinandan Sinha, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. The talk is scheduled on 1 October 2021, at 3:30 PM.

About the Talk
Large informal economy and high violence in daily political life are two demarcating features of Less Developed Countries (L.D.C.s). Is there a causal link? A possible channel is political clientelism, which arises from the need to protect the livelihood of informal sector workers in a semi-legal environment. Violence is a tool to signal the de facto political strength of the parties to the informal sector workers. The formal sector workers dislike violence and vote by the overall performances of the parties. In our one period static framework, two parties compete for the office, and clientelism leads to strategic voting in the informal sector. We model the coordination in strategic voting by Global games. This talk formally establishes the relationship between political violence and the informal sector, also explaining the puzzle of why well-performing incumbents engage in high violence in a democracy.

Friday 01, Oct 2021
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM