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QoG lunch seminar with Saad Gulzar and Benjamin Pasquale

Research profile seminar

The QoG Institute regularly organizes seminars related to research on Quality of Government. The seminars address the theoretical and empirical problem of how political institutions of high quality can be created and maintained as well as the effects of Quality of Government on a number of policy areas, such as health, the environment, social policy, and poverty.

Speakers are invited from the international research community and experts from NGOs and other organizations to the lunch seminars. The seminars last for one hour and include a short presentation by the speaker (30-35 min) followed by a joint discussion about the topic.

If nothing else is indicated, the seminars are held in English.

Title: "Do Electoral Quotas Make Government Programs Work Better, and For Whom? Evidence from India"

Abstract: Affirmative action skeptics often point to the self-undermining effects of electoral quotas in the administration of government programs designed to alleviate poverty. We conduct a clean test of this concern by examining how Scheduled Areas in India - which reserve all elected local leadership positions for the historically disadvantaged Scheduled Tribes - affect the implementation of the world¿s largest employment program, the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS). A regression discontinuity design on a new dataset of nearly a quarter million villages allows us to characterize the overall implementation of NREGS and assess its impacts across identity categories. We find that quotas yield significant benefits to targeted minorities. Quotas improve overall program implementation while groups that are relatively privileged do worse, contrary to the expectations of affirmative action skeptics. Our results signal the promise of electoral quotas as complementary institutions to anti-poverty development programs.

Lecturer: Saad Gulzar, Assistant professor, Department of Political Science, Stanford University & Benjamin Pasquale (winners of QoG Best Paper Awards)

Date: 9/5/2018

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Categories: Social Sciences

Organizer: The Quality of Government Institute

Location: Stora Skansen (B336), Sprängkullsgatan 19

Contact person: Tove Wikehult

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