Seminar by- Vidya Soundararajan IIM, Bangalore, 30th March, 2017 (Thursday) at 3:00 PM

  Role of Political Activists in Clientelistic Settings: Evidence from an Indian Public Works ProgrambyVidya SoundararajanIIM, Bangalore On30th March, 2017 (Thursday) at 3:00 PMVenue : Seminar Room (First Floor) Department of Economics, Delhi School of EconomicsAll are cordially invitedAbstractIn a setting of clientelistic politics where ruling politicians make preferential transfers to bolster political support, our model introduces a new voter identity: political activists who are influential and potentially change the political allegiance of other voters. Given these new players, do politicians now offer transfers only to target swing voters who choose political affiliation when presented with transfers, or also to “convert” activists

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Seminar by- Rinku Murgai, The World Bank, 23rd March, 2017 (Thursday) at 3:00 PM

  Pathways to Reducing Poverty and Sharing Prosperity in India : Lessons from the Last Two DecadesbyRinku Murgai The World BankOn23rd March, 2017 (Thursday) at 3:00 PMVenue : Seminar Room (First Floor) Department of Economics, Delhi School of EconomicsAll are cordially invitedAbstractIndia is uniquely placed to help reduce global poverty and boost prosperity. The country has the largest number of poor people in the world, as well as the largest number of people who have recently escaped poverty. There is an emerging middle class but the majority of people are still vulnerable to falling back into poverty. What lessons do the

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Seminar by- Elizabeth Webster, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia ,10th March, 2017 (Friday) at 3:00 PM

  The Effect of Patents on TradebyElizabeth Webster Swinburne University of Technology, AustraliaOn10th March, 2017 (Friday) at 3:00 PMVenue : Seminar Room (First Floor) Department of Economics, Delhi School of EconomicsAll are cordially invitedAbstract In contrast with quotas and tariffs, it is theoretically ambiguous whether fewer (or ‘weaker’) rules over intellectual property rights will increase or decrease trade in patentable goods. The prevailing view is that anticipation of imitation reduces exporters’ incentive to export goods to jurisdictions with ‘weak’ patent regimes. This empirical paper uses new measures of how the destination-country patent system can affect trade. In contrast with existing studies which

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Seminar by- Sonalde Desai, University of Maryland & Senior Fellow, NCAER, 7th March, 2017 (Tuesday) at 3:00 PM

  Do Public Works Programs Increase Women’s Economic Empowerment? Evidence from Rural IndiabySonalde DesaiUniversity of Maryland &Senior Fellow, NCAER On7th March, 2017 (Tuesday) at 3:00 PMVenue : Seminar Room (First Floor) Department of Economics, Delhi School of EconomicsAll are cordially invitedAbstractAlthough it is often argued that labor market discrimination, resulting in blocked employment opportunities and wage discrimination, reduces women’s economic empowerment, it has been difficult to examine this constraint rigorously. The enactment of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) of 2005 offers us a unique opportunity to examine the role of expanding opportunities on women’s economic empowerment. Using survey

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