Social Identities and Public Policies: Unintended Effects of Gender Quotas in India, joint with Guilhem Cassan

Friday 10 March 2017, 2.00PM to 3:00pm

Speaker(s): Lore Vandewalle (Grad Institute Geneva)


Abstract: There is a growing consensus that social and cultural norms are important determinants of economic behavior. An important limitation of the existing literature is the focus on one identity at a time. In this paper, we show that failing to account for the potential multiplicity of identities can importantly affect public policies. Indeed, we exploit the randomized nature of political reservations for women in India, to show that a policy designed along one identity (gender) alters the distribution of the benefits of those policies along another dimension (caste). This is due to the important variation in gender norms across caste groups.

Host: Giacomo

Location: Economics Staff Room (A/EC202)

Admission: All welcome.