Shabana Mitra is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB). Her main research interests are political economy implications of public policies on gender and caste-based inequalities in the Indian context. Prior to joining IIMB, she has worked at the World Bank and the Peace Research Institute, Oslo, Norway. She obtained her PhD in Economics from Vanderbilt University in 2011.
Politician’s pain is poor man’s gain: Income distribution in close-election constituencies
09 Nov 2016
Studies have highlighted the role of electoral competition in directing the flow of public funds. Analysing data from India, this column finds lower income inequality and polarisation in tightly contested constituencies, implying that the poor gain more from electoral competition relative to the rich.
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