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M.R. Sharan, Ph.D. Scholar, Harvard Kennedy School 

Manindra Nath Thakur Associate Professor, Centre for Political Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University

This seminar focuses on how political reservation in favour of Scheduled Castes (SC) in Bihar affects inequality in private wealth and access to public goods. It presents research and findings of public good access across all of Bihar’s 45,000 villages and analyses data on private wealth for more than two crore rural households across the state. While reservation for SCs does not affect overall provision of resources, it shifts benefits towards SCs: in particular, more public goods are available to the main SC village and there is a rise in private wealth for those closest to the local leaders. The results are primarily driven by re-election incentives and ‘own-jati’ preferences of elected leaders. 

TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2018 PM
6 PM to 7:30 PM 

Seminar Hall 3,
Kamala Devi Complex,
India International Centre,
Lodhi Estate, New Delhi

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