Jonathan Lehne is a Ph.D student at the Paris School of Economics. He previously worked as a Research Analyst in the Office of the Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. His research focuses on political economy and development, in particular the economics of corruption.
Building connections: Political corruption and road construction in India
13 Sep 2016
Rural infrastructure programmes of the government create new opportunities for growth but also for corruption. This column studies India’s flagship rural road construction programme and finds evidence that local politicians favour members of their caste or kinship networks in the allocation of contracts. This raises construction costs, adversely affects road quality, and increases the likelihood of ‘missing’ roads.
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