Economics Weekly Seminar: Abhishek Chakravarty
April 10 @ 1:30 pm - 2:40 pm
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Title: Is Knowledge Power? Education and Political Candidacy in India
Speaker: Abhishek Chakravarty, Manchester University
Time: Wednesday, April 10, 6:30pm
Venue: AC 02 LR 105
Abstract: We exploit a national school-building programme across India to examine whether increased access to education also increased citizens’ entry into electoral politics in subsequent years. We find that the programme significantly increased educational attainment among cohorts exposed to the programme during school-going age, with women seeing the largest gains. Treated constituencies also see 5-8% increase in the number of contesting candidates in state assembly elections, once cohorts treated during school age are old enough to vote. However, only the entry of male candidates increases, with no corresponding increase in the entry of female candidates. Increased access to education therefore also widened the gender gap in political candidacy in India, where men already constitute over 90% of state assembly candidates.