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Participatory Democracy in Action: Survey Evidence from South India

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  • Timothy Besley

    (London School of Economics,)

  • Rohini Pande

    (Yale University,)

  • Vijayendra Rao

    (World Bank,)

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We use household and village survey data from South India to examine who participates in village meetings called by elected local governments, and what effect these meetings have on beneficiary selection for welfare programs. Our main finding is that it is the more disadvantaged social groups who attend village meetings and that holding such meeting simproves the targeting of resources towards the neediest groups. (JEL: H40, H42, O20) Copyright (c) 2005 The European Economic Association.

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Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Journal of the European Economic Association.

Volume (Year): 3 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2-3 (04/05)
Pages: 648-657

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