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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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 Decades by Rinku Murgai The World Bank On 23rd March, 2017 (Thursday) at 3:00 PM Venue : Seminar Room (First Floor) Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics All are cordially invited Abstract India 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

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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 Trade by Elizabeth Webster Swinburne University of Technology, Australia On 10th March, 2017 (Friday) at 3:00 PM Venue : Seminar Room (First Floor) Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics All are cordially invited Abstract  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

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