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Religion, politician identity and development outcomes: Evidence from India

Bhalotra, S., Clots-Figueras, I., Cassan, Guilhem, Iyer, Lakshmi (2013) Religion, politician identity and development outcomes: Evidence from India. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 104 . pp. 4-17. ISSN 0167-2681. (doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2013.09.006) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:75372)

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Abstract

This paper investigates whether the religious identity of state legislators in India influences development outcomes, both for citizens of their religious group and for the population as a whole. Using an instrumental variables approach derived from a regression discontinuity, we find that increasing the political representation of Muslims improves health and education outcomes in the district from which the legislator is elected. We find no evidence of religious favoritism: Muslim children do not benefit more from Muslim political representation than children from other religious groups. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.jebo.2013.09.006
Uncontrolled keywords: India, Infant mortality, Muslim, Politician identity, Primary education, Religion
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions and public administrations (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Irma Clots-Figueras
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2019 11:31 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 10:45 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/75372 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Clots-Figueras, I.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3859-0838
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