WIDER Seminar Series – Identities and public policies: Unintended effects of political reservations for women in India
UNU-WIDER invites all local and visiting researchers, policy makers, and others working on or interested in development topics to attend its weekly seminar in Helsinki.
The WIDER Seminar Series showcases recent and ongoing work on key topics in development economics.
On 18 April Lore Vandewalle, Assistant Professor at The Graduate Institute, will present her work on the link between identity and economic behavior. See the full schedule for the first part of the spring 2018 session here.
Abstract – Identities and public policies: Unintended effects of political reservations for women in India
Identity is an important determinant of economic behavior. A limitation of the existing literature is the focus on one identity dimension at a time. We show that the multiplicity of identity dimensions matters for economic behavior and that neglecting it may lead policy makers to overlook important, unintended effects of economic policies. We exploit the randomized nature of political reservations for women in India to show that a policy designed along one identity dimension (gender) alters the distribution of the benefits of this policy along another one (caste). We propose an important variation in gender norms across caste groups as a plausible mechanism.
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Key words: women, caste, identities, economic behavior, development economics