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: the impact of the green revolution.

Access: [journal website][appendix][replication data]

Media: [LiveMint][The Print][Twitter]; Blogs: [Ideas for India]

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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Working Papers:

The Political Economy of Bureaucratic Overload: Evidence from Rural Development Officials in India (with Devesh Kapur)

Abstract: Drawing on a survey of rural development officials, including time-usage diaries which measure their behavior, this paper develops a theory of bureaucratic overload.

Media: [Hindustan Times][India Today][Twitter]

Voice in a Clientelist System: How Civically Engaged Communities Succeed in Distributive Politics.

Abstract: 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.

Media: [আনন্দবাজার]; Blogs: [Ideas for India] [IGC Blog]

Capital Meets Democracy: Sovereign Bond Market Responses to the Rise of Mass Suffrage (with Daniel Ziblatt).

Abstract: We examine the reaction of the nineteenth century sovereign bond market to the rise of mass suffrage in Europe and the Americas.

When Voters Reward Enactment But Not Implementation: Evidence from the World’s Largest Social Program. [India in Transition]

Abstract: 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)

Abstract: This paper investigates the distributive politics of red tape, the time-consuming bureaucratic hurdles and minutiae attached to the pursuit of government benefits.