Dasgupta, Aditya and Daniel Ziblatt. 2015. How did Britain Democratize? Views from the Sovereign Bond Market. The Journal of Economic History, Vol. 75 (1): pp.1-29. [replication data]
To assess competing theories of democratization, we analyze British sovereign bond market responses to the Great Reform Acts.
Dasgupta, Aditya, Kishore Gawande, and Devesh Kapur. 2017. (When) Do Anti-poverty Programs Reduce Violence? India’s Rural Employment Guarantee and Maoist Conflict. International Organization. Vol. 71 (3): pp.605-32. [replication data]
Drawing on a policy experiment, we demonstrate that anti-poverty programs can mitigate civil conflict, but also highlight the role of state capacity in shaping these effects.
Can technological change contribute to political turnover? This paper investigates a large-scale historical natural experiment: the impact of the green revolution.
Divergent Paths: Democratic and Financial Development in the Nineteenth Century (with Daniel Ziblatt).
We examine the reaction of the nineteenth century sovereign bond market to the rise of mass suffrage in Europe and the Americas.
This paper argues that access to government programs and services requires both top-down connection to the ruling party as well as bottom-up civic engagement.
What determines local bureaucratic effectiveness? We draw lessons from a nationwide survey of the capacity and time usage of local rural development officials in India.
This paper provides evidence that voters employ a heuristic that rewards the enactment of new programs to a greater extent than quality of implementation.
Red Tape, Corruption, and Distributive Politics. (with Tesalia Rizzo)