Who is more aware of peoples' preferences: elected Grama Panchayat members or Grama Panchayat Secretaries -the state's representatives at local level? Using a baseline survey for a study of grants to GP's in the poorer areas of Karnataka, we find that members' preferences over how to spend public money are much closer to those of villagers, especially of poorer villagers, than are those of the state representatives. The paper develops measures of preferences, their similarity between people and explanations for this similarity. Implications for the degree of discretion that is implied in the 73rd amendment is discussed.
Date: May 19, 2011
Time: 11:30 A.M.
National Council of Applied Economic Research
Parisila Bhawan, 11, Indraprastha Estate
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