Munshi’s Research Shows Benefits of Community Involvement

9/08: Economics Professor Kaivan Munshi has posted a co-authored working paper suggesting that community involvement in politics can improve the provision of public goods. “The Efficacy of Parochial Politics: Caste, Commitment, and Competence in Indian Local Governments” is available here.

Munshi’s research interests at Brown include economic development, population and demography, and the economic analysis of institutions with a particular emphasis on community-based institutions in developing countries.
His published works on India include:
Social Affiliation and the Demand for Health Services: Caste and Child Health in India.” 2007. Journal of Development Economics , 83(2):256-279, with Nancy Luke.
Traditional Institutions Meet the Modern World: Caste, Gender, and Schooling Choice in a Globalizing Economy.” 2006. American Economic Review 96(4):1225-1252, with Mark Rosenzweig.
How Efficiently is Capital Allocated? Evidence from the Knitted Garment Industry in Tirupur.” 2004. Review of Economic Studies 71(1):19-42, with Abhijit Banerjee.
Social Learning in a Heterogeneous Population: Technology Diffusion in the Indian Green Revolution.” 2004. Journal of Development Economics . 73(1): 185-215.
Inequality, Control Rights and Rent Seeking: Sugar Cooperatives in Maharashtra.” 2001. Journal of Political Economy 109(1):138-190, with Abhijit Banerjee, Dilip Mookherjee and Debraj Ray.
Other working papers include:
Why is Mobility in India so Low? Social Insurance, Inequality, and Growth,” with Mark Rosenzweig (revised March 2009).
The Birth of a Business Community: Historical Disadvantage and Contemporary Mobility in India” (revised August 2008).