Marc Rockmore is an assistant professor of Economics at Clark University and a research affiliate in the Households in Conflict Network (HiCN). His research examines the effects of risk and shocks in developing countries with a focus on the effects of crime and conflict. Much of his work focuses on separating the effects of insecurity and exposure to violence on livelihoods, political participation and post-conflict behaviour. In related work of criminality, he examines the economic effects of electing criminally accused politicians. He earned a Ph.D in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University, an M.A. in International and Development Economics from Yale University, and a B.A. (Honors) from Swarthmore College.
Criminally accused politicians and economic outcomes
15 Jan 2016
Despite a history of widely contested and transparent elections, and presence of vibrant and open media, an increasing number of criminally accused politicians are being elected in India. Based on an analysis of elections to State Legislative Assemblies during 2004-2008 in 20 states, this column finds that electing a politician accused of a serious or financial crime adversely affects economic growth and public service delivery in the constituency.
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