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American Economic Review: Vol. 100 No. 4 (September 2010)

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Determinants of Redistributive Politics: An Empirical Analysis of Land Reforms in West Bengal, India

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Bardhan, Pranab, and Dilip Mookherjee. 2010. "Determinants of Redistributive Politics: An Empirical Analysis of Land Reforms in West Bengal, India." American Economic Review, 100(4): 1572-1600.

DOI: 10.1257/aer.100.4.1572

Abstract

We investigate political determinants of land reform implementation in the Indian state of West Bengal. Using a village panel spanning 1974-1998, we do not find evidence supporting the hypothesis that land reforms were positively and monotonically related to control of local governments by a Left Front coalition vis-à-vis the right-centrist Congress party, combined with lack of commitment to policy platforms. Instead, the evidence is consistent with a quasi-Downsian theory stressing the role of opportunism (reelection concerns) and electoral competition. (JEL D72, O13, O17, Q15)

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Bardhan, Pranab (U CA, Berkeley)
Mookherjee, Dilip (Boston U)

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D72: Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
O13: Economic Development: Agriculture; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Other Primary Products
O17: Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements
Q15: Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment


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