Seminar by – Kunal Dasgupta, University of Toronto, 27th April, 2017 (Thursday) at 3:00 PM

  Distribution Costs, Product Quality, and Cross-Country Income Differences by Kunal Dasgupta University of Toronto  On 27th April, 2017 (Thursday) at 3:00 PM Venue : Seminar Room (First Floor) Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics All are cordially invited Abstract We document that the efficiency of trade distribution systems have an important export country specific component: all else equal, wealthier countries have smaller but more frequent export shipments. A model of distribution and trade reveals that (i) this outcome is consistent with wealthier countries having lower per-shipment export costs and (ii) these lower costs give wealthier countries a comparative

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Seminar by – Brishti Guha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 20th April, 2017 (Thursday) at 3:00 PM

   Grandparents as Guards: Inheritance and Post Marital Residence in a World of Uncertain Paternity  by Brishti Guha Jawaharlal Nehru University  On 20th April, 2017 (Thursday) at 3:00 PM Venue : Seminar Room (First Floor) Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics All are cordially invited Abstract I unify the following (1) men face paternity uncertainty while women do not face maternity uncertainty, (2) putative fathers and paternal kin care about true paternity, (3) paternity confidence is systematically lower in matrilocal cultures than in patrilocal ones, (4) inheritance tends to be patrilineal where paternity confidence is high and matrilineal where

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Seminar by- Girish Bahal, National Council of Applied Economic Research, 13th April, 2017 (Thursday) at 3:00 PM

   Employment Guarantee Schemes and Wages in India  by Girish Bahal National Council of Applied Economic Research On 13th April, 2017 (Thursday) at 3:00 PM Venue : Seminar Room (First Floor) Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics All are cordially invited Abstract Using a novel data-set of district-wise program expenditure, we estimate the impact of large employment schemes on agricultural wages in India. Depending on the underlying theoretical mechanism, private wages can either respond to contemporaneous fluctuations in program expenditure or be sensitive to the stock of expenditure incurred under such programs. We first find that although program expenditure

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Seminar by- Anand Shrivastava, University of Cambridge, 6th April, 2017 (Thursday) at 3:00 PM

   Labor Market Effects of Inconsistent Policy Interventions: Evidence From India’s Employment Guarantees  by Anand Shrivastava Azim Premji University  On 6th April, 2017 (Thursday) at 3:00 PM Venue : Seminar Room (First Floor) Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics All are cordially invited Abstract Recent evidence suggests that large employment guarantee schemes in India have increased private wages. Juxtaposed with this body of work are studies that show how the lack of administrative capacity, political will, and other supply factors cause program provision to be rather limited and highly variable across districts and over time. This paper attempts to

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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 Program by Vidya Soundararajan IIM, Bangalore  On 30th March, 2017 (Thursday) at 3:00 PM Venue : Seminar Room (First Floor) Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics All are cordially invited Abstract In 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

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