Thushyanthan Baskaran is Assistant Professor at the University of Göttingen. He obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg in 2010, specialising in public economics. His research interests include public economics, political economics, and development economics. Specifically, his recent research covers the political economy of fiscal policy, fiscal decentralisation, and the link between taxation and democracy in sub-Saharan Africa.
Political distortions in the Indian electricity sector
03 Aug 2015
While political interference is believed to be a major problem plaguing the electricity sector in India, there is little empirical evidence on the existence of political distortions or on their economic costs. This column demonstrates that Indian state governments increase the supply of electricity to constituencies that have bye-elections by diverting electricity away from non-election constituencies.
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