Bhaskar Dutta is Professor of Economics, University of Warwick and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi. His main research interests are mechanism design, strategic formation of coalitions and networks, social choice theory and political economy. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and has also served on the Council of the Society. He is Joint Managing Editor of Social Choice and Welfare, and Advisory Editor of Games and Economic Behavior.
How do Indian voters respond to candidates with criminal charges: Evidence from Lok Sabha elections
30 Jul 2012
An alarming number of India’s politicians have criminal records or some charges against them. This column asks how they manage to get away with it. It looks at evidence from parliamentary elections in 2009 and suggests that while voters dislike crooked politicians, the amount these politicians spend on their campaigns do a good job of hiding the truth.
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