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The Politics of Public Good Provision: Evidence from Indian Local Governments

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  • Timothy Besley

    (London School of Economics,)

  • Rohini Pande

    (Yale University,)

  • Lupin Rahman

    (London School of Economics,)

  • Vijayendra Rao

    (World Bank,)

Abstract

This paper uses village and household survey data from South India to examine how political geography and politician identity impacts on public good provision. We provide evidence that the nature of this relationship varies by type of public good. For high spillover public goods residential proximity to elected representative matters. In contrast, for low spillover public goods sharing the politician's group identity is what matters. (JEL: D78, H40) Copyright (c) 2004 The European Economic Association.

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  • Timothy Besley & Rohini Pande & Lupin Rahman & Vijayendra Rao, 2004. "The Politics of Public Good Provision: Evidence from Indian Local Governments," Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, vol. 2(2-3), pages 416-426, 04/05.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:jeurec:v:2:y:2004:i:2-3:p:416-426
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    JEL classification:

    • D78 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Positive Analysis of Policy Formulation and Implementation
    • H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General

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