Paul is an assistant professor of economics at Dartmouth College. He works on economic development, political economy and economic geography, mainly in India. His research explores how political and bureaucratic factors affect regional patterns of development. He also works on understanding patterns of rapid urbanisation, one of the central phenomenona in developing countries today.
Do ruling coalition-affiliated MLAs bring more development to their constituencies?
22 Jun 2015
Despite the dismantling of the License Raj in the 1990s, interaction with government officials remains an important impediment to doing business in India. This column analyses the role of politics in determining which regions succeed and fail, and finds that MLAs from ruling parties make it easier for firms to do business in their constituencies. They do so not by providing public goods, but by helping firms clear bureaucratic hurdles that would otherwise hinder their operations.
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