Friday, October 30, 2020

5 November 2020: GRM Talks - Webinar Series on Grievance Redress Systems and Consumer Protection

Something to Complain About: How Minority Representatives Overcome Ethnic Differences
M.R. Sharan, Center for Global Development

Sabyasachi Das, Ashoka University
Vimal Balasubramaniam, Queen Mary University of London

We study the costs of ethnic differences between local politicians and examine ways to mitigate them. Using data from over 100,000 local politicians in India, we establish – via a regression discontinuity design – that delivery of key public goods suffers when ethnic minority (low-caste) representatives govern under non-minority (high-caste) representatives. We then study an institutional innovation that mitigates these adverse consequences. In our setting, local politicians can file complaints with the higher bureaucracy under a formal complaints technology. We establish that low-caste politicians use the technology, filing over twice as many complaints when exogenously paired with high-caste superiors. Does filing complaints improve outcomes, though? We run a large field experiment involving 1629 low-caste representatives where we randomize offers to file complaints on their behalf. Treated jurisdictions see a 26%rise in public good projects, accounting for 79% of the initial gap in provision, with positive spillovers onto neighbouring jurisdictions.

Organised by
National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi

Date: November 5, 2020
Time: 04:00 P.M.

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