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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.


April 10
1:30 pm - 2:40 pm


Department of Economics


AC 02 LR 105