NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
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The Redistributive Effects of Political Reservation for Minorities: Evidence from India

Aimee Chin, Nishith Prakash

NBER Working Paper No. 16509
Issued in October 2010

---- Acknowledgements -----

We thank Marianne Bertrand, Angus Chu, Steve Craig, Irma Clots-Figueras, Larry Howard, Chinhui Juhn, Steven Levitt, Tauhidur Rahman, and participants in the Fall 2006 University of Houston Department of Economics Graduate Workshop, 2007 Texas Econometrics Camp, and 2007 NEUDC Conference for helpful comments. Also, we thank Gaurav Datt, Rohini Somanathan, and officials at the Government of India Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, and Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Commissioner's Office in New Delhi, India for data provision and discussion. We owe special thanks to Rohini Pande for sharing the data used in her paper on Indian political reservation for minorities and policy outcomes and providing comments. Financial support from the University of Houston Department of Economics to collect data in India in Summer 2006 is gratefully acknowledged. We are responsible for any errors that may remain. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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