Research

Dasgupta, Aditya and Daniel Ziblatt. 2021. Capital Meets Democracy: The Impact of Franchise Extension on Sovereign Bond Markets. American Journal of Political Science. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajps.12585

Abstract: By empowering poor voters, did the emergence of democracy pose a risk to concentrated wealth held in the form of financial capital? We study the reaction of the sovereign bond market to franchise reforms in Europe and the Americas, 1800-1920.

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Dasgupta, Aditya and Devesh Kapur. 2020. The Political Economy of Bureaucratic Overload: Evidence from Rural Development Officials in India, American Political Science Review. Vol 114 (4): 1316-1334.

Abstract: Drawing on a survey of rural development officials, including time-usage diaries which measure their behavior, this paper studies the political economy and bureaucratic behavior underpinning weak local state capacity.

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Dasgupta, Aditya. 2018. Technological Change and Political Turnover: The Democratizing Effects of the Green Revolution in India. American Political Science Review. Vol 112 (4) pp. 918-938.

Abstract: Can technological change, as a form of “creative destruction”, contribute to political turnover? This paper investigates a large-scale historical natural experiment in rural India: the impact of the green revolution.

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Awards: 2019 Best Article Award, APSA Comparative Democratization Section; 2019 Evan Ringquist Best Article Award, APSA Science, Technology, and Environmental Politics Section


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.

Abstract: 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.

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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.

Abstract: To assess competing theories of democratization, we analyze British sovereign bond market responses to the Great Reform Acts.

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