Seminar by- Kehinde Ajayi, Boston University, 23rd August, 2016 (Tuseday) at 3:00 PM

 Student Performance and the Effects of School Quality versus School FitbyKehinde Ajayi Boston UniversityOn23rd August, 2016 (Tuesday) at 3:00 PMVenue : Seminar Room (First Floor) Department of Economics, Delhi School of EconomicsAll are cordially invitedAbstractThis paper quantifies the effects of attending a school with high academic quality versus one with preferred characteristics. Analyzing data on secondary students in Ghana, I find that school quality generates larger benefits than school fit — students admitted to schools with high performing peers are more likely to stay in the same school and have modest gains in exam scores; students admitted to schools with

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Seminar by- Arka Roy Chaudhuri, Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi, 18th August, 2016 (Thursday) at 3:00 PM

 Mandated Political Representation and Development Outcomes: Evidence from Indiaby Arka Roy ChaudhuriIndian Statistical Institute, DelhiOn18th August, 2016 (Thursday) at 3:00 PM Venue : Seminar Room (First Floor) Department of Economics, Delhi School of EconomicsAll are cordially invited AbstractIndia has a history of various affirmative action policies which include political representation to erstwhile untouchable castes, Scheduled Castes. The paper estimates the causal effect of political quotas of Scheduled Castes in Indian state assemblies on development outcomes of households belonging to their own ethnic group. Specifically I look at how political reservations for these communities in India affect schooling outcomes, health outcomes, access to the

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Seminar by- Sourav, Royal Holloway, University of London, 16th August, 2016 (Tuesday) at 3:00 PM

 A Possibility Theorem on Information Aggregation in ElectionsbySourav Bhattacharya  Royal Holloway, University of London On16th August, 2016 (Tuesday) at 3:00 PMVenue : Seminar Room (First Floor) Department of Economics, Delhi School of EconomicsAll are cordially invitedAbstractWe study aggregation of private information in large elections where all voters have the same preference. There are many states of the world, and each state is identified with a preference ranking over alternatives and a probability distribution over signals. Each voter draws his private signal independently from the said distribution conditional on the state. When there are two alternatives (say A and B), we

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Seminar by- Anukriti, Boston College, 11th August, 2016 (Thursday) at 3:00 PM

 Dowry: Household Responses to Expected Marriage Paymentsby Anukriti Boston CollegeOn11th August, 2016 (Thursday) at 3:00 PMVenue : Seminar Room (First Floor)Department of Economics, Delhi School of EconomicsAll are cordially invited AbstractDowry is a ubiquitous feature of South Asian marriage markets. Using retrospective data on 39,544 marriages that occurred during 1960-2008, first we describe dowry trends in contemporary rural India. We find that average real net dowry has remained stable over time; however, there is considerable temporal and cross-sectional variation across religions, castes, and states. We then examine how dowry expectations affect household savings, parents’ labor supply, and child investments. 

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