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Do urban politicians discriminate against internal migrants? Evidence from a nationwide field experiment in India

  • Blog Post Date 31 December, 2018
  • IGC Research on India
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Gareth Nellis

University of California, Berkeley

In recent decades, the global south has witnessed an explosive increase in the number of people relocating from rural to urban areas. Yet many migrants struggle to integrate into destination cities, facing severe hurdles to accessing adequate housing, as well as essential public goods and services such as healthcare and education. This project posits that a key explanation for these difficulties lies in unequal political representation. The findings of the project inform policy makers about how to improve the welfare of internal migrants, who count among the world's most marginalised population groups.

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