Anirban Mitra is an Assistant Professor in Economics at the University of Kent (Canterbury, UK). His research broadly involves development and political economy issues. His work has a South Asia focus and also includes the analysis of ethnic/religious conflict through the lens of economics. Prior to Kent, he has worked at the University of Oslo. He obtained his Ph.D in Economics from New York University in May 2012.
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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