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Religion, Politician Identity and Development Outcomes: Evidence from India

Bhalotra, Sonia R and Clots-Figueras, Irma and Cassan, Guilhem and Iyer, Lakshmi Religion, Politician Identity and Development Outcomes: Evidence from India. UNSPECIFIED. UNSPECIFIED.

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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. To control for politician identity to be correlated with constituency level voter preferences or characteristics that make religion salient, we use quasi-random variation in legislator identity generated by close elections between Muslim and non-Muslim candidates. 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.

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Additional Information: Source info: IZA Discussion Paper No. 7473
Uncontrolled Keywords: religion; politician identity; infant mortality; primary education; India; Muslim
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2014 11:40
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2022 18:43

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