S Anukriti is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Boston College, a Research Affiliate of the Institute of the Study of Labor (IZA, Bonn), and a Fellow of the Center for Development Economics and Policy (Columbia University). Her research focuses on topics in development economics, demography, and the economics of gender. In recent work, she has examined the effects of trade liberalisation, fertility limits on local politicians, and financial incentive programmes on fertility and sex-selection in India. Anukriti holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University, an M.A. in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and a B.A. (Honors) in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi.
Impact of the two-child limit for local politicians
02 Mar 2015
Some Indian states debar individuals with more than two children from contesting local elections. This column finds that while the law has significantly reduced fertility among the general population in those states, it has worsened the sex ratio at birth among upper-caste families. It suggests that Indians have strong local leadership aspirations, and that policies altering access to political power can effect social change.
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