Political Market Characteristics and the Provision of Educational Infrastructure in North India

Benjamin Crost, Uma S. Kambhampati

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Abstract

In this paper, we are concerned with the provision of schools in rural North India, particularly with whether such provision is determined by the demographic and economic characteristics of the region or whether local democracy also plays a role. We find that the probability that a governing party loses an election has a positive effect on the provision of schooling infrastructure, while the margin of victory of the governing party has a negative effect. Political reservation for members of the Scheduled Castes (SCs) has a positive effect on schooling infrastructure in villages with a large SC population, but a negative effect overall.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-204
Number of pages10
JournalWorld Development
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • India
  • caste
  • political competition
  • political economy
  • public goods
  • schooling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics

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