Caste Politics and Local Election Outcomes in Rural India

Director: Kaivan Munshi
Research Theme: Development, Institutions and Demographic Change
Location: Republic of India

Munshi uses data from a village in India to examine the role of caste politics in determining local election outcomes in rural India and how these elections affect the provision of basic services, including lighting and sanitation. He finds that if an ethnic group in a particular political unit is sufficiently large it can solve political commitment problems that might otherwise cause people to vote for candidates who on average share their views, but are not otherwise qualified or capable.