Identities and public policies: unintended effects of political reservations for women in India

Identity is an important determinant of economic behavior. A limitation of the existing literature is the focus on one identity dimension at a time. We show that the multiplicity of identity dimensions matters for economic behavior and that neglecting it may lead policy makers to overlook important, unintended effects of economic policies. We exploit the randomized nature of political reservations for women in India to show that a policy designed along one identity dimension (gender) alters the distribution of the benefits of this policy along another one (caste). We propose an important variation in gender norms across caste groups as a plausible mechanism.


Publication infos:
Geneva, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, International Economics Department, 2017
Publication year:
2017
Number of pages:
38 p. : ill.
Collection:
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Working Paper ; 18/2017



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