Seminar by- Johannes Urplelainen, Columbia University, 19th January, 2017 (Thursday) at 3:00 PM

  Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Retrospective Voting, Natural Disasters, and Electoral Backlash  byJohannes UrplelainenColumbia UniversityOn19th January, 2017 (Thursday) at 3:00 PMVenue : Seminar Room (First Floor) Department of Economics, Delhi School of EconomicsAll are cordially invitedAbstracthWhile scholarship on “retrospective voting” has found that incumbent politicians can be punished for a range of events outside their control, such as natural disasters, the literature does not consider the ability of politicians to respond to disasters and the impact of this response on voters. We argue that retrospective voters punish only opposition incumbents (candidates in office but not aligned with the government leader), who

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Seminar by- Prasad S. Bhattacharya, Deakin University , 6th December, 2016 (Tuesday) at 3:00 PM

  The Political Economy of Land Reform Enactment and Implementation: New Cross-National Evidence (1900-2010). byPrasad S. Bhattacharya, Deakin UniversityOn6th December, 2016 (Tuesday) at 3:00 PMVenue : Seminar Room (First Floor) Department of Economics, Delhi School of EconomicsAll are cordially invitedAbstractConstructing a unique, extensive dataset that codifies the enactment and implementation of 301 major land reforms around the world (155 countries) during the period 1900-2010, this paper investigates the main political-economy determinants of land reform initiatives and their implementations. We find that both transitions into and out of democracy are associated positively with land reform enactments and their implementation, with some evidence that

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Seminar by- Sheetal Sekhri, University of Virginia, 24th November, 2016 (Thursday) at 3:00 PM

  Gendered Consequences of Improving Public Service Delivery bySheetal Sekhri University of VirginiaOn24th November, 2016 (Thursday) at 3:00 PMVenue : Seminar Room (First Floor) Department of Economics, Delhi School of EconomicsAll are cordially invitedAbstract In-kind transfer programs in developing countries are often fraught with leakages. In this paper we explore whether improving such programs can have women specific welfare consequences and whether short term improvements in such programs can have persistent benefits. Using the setting of a unique reform initiative by the state government of Punjab in India, in which the Fair Price Shop keepers in the Indian flagship Targeted Public Distribution System

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Seminar by- Amit Basole, University of Massachusetts, Boston, 17th November, 2016 (Thursday) at 3:00 PM

  Informality and Flexible Specialization: Informal Knowledge, Technical Change, and Labour Market Institutions in the Banaras Silk Weaving Industry byAmit BasoleUniversity of Massachusetts, BostonOn17th November, 2016 (Thursday) at 3:00 PMVenue : Seminar Room (First Floor) Department of Economics, Delhi School of EconomicsAll are cordially invitedAbstract Artisanal clusters are a prominent feature of the Indian manufacturing landscape from the point of view of employment, output, as well as export earnings. But mechanisms of labour training, knowledge sharing or hoarding, as well as wage setting and technical change prevailing in these clusters are comparatively less well understood. Unlike the formal manufacturing sector, informal institutions such

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Seminar by- Tarun Gupta, Vice President, AQR Capital Management, 27th October, 2016 (Thursday) at 3:00 PM

 Quantitative Investment Strategies: Overview of Theory and Evidence byTarun GuptaVice President, AQR Capital ManagementOn27th October, 2016 (Thursday) at 3:00 PMVenue : Seminar Room (First Floor) Department of Economics, Delhi School of EconomicsAll are cordially invitedAbstract Starting with the workhorse asset pricing theory and model, I outline various ‘asset  pricing anomalies’ that seem to be unexplained, and consequently pose a challenge to existing theory. I examine empirical evidence to document these anomalies: Valuation, Momentum and Low-Risk, and potential reasons for why they exist and might continue to do so. I show these are economically meaningful in magnitude and statistically significant. Further, the anomalies appear

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