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2 Summary How important are neighborhood endowments of physical and human capital in explaining diverging fortunes over time for otherwise identical households in a developing rural economy? To answer this question we develop an estimable micro model of consumption growth allowing for constraints on factor mobility and externalities, whereby geographic(More)
Using several independent data sets, we investigate the relationship between gender and corruption. We show using micro data that women are less involved in bribery, and are less likely to condone bribe taking. Crosscountry data show that corruption is less severe where women hold a larger share of parliamentary seats and senior positions in the government(More)
  • Viktoria Hnatkovskay, Amartya Lahiriy, +5 authors Anand Swamy
  • 2011
Amongst the various inequities typically associated with the caste system in India, probably one of the most debilitating is the perception that one is doomed by birth, i.e., social and economic mobility across generations is di¢ cult. We study the extent and evolution of this lack of mobility by contrasting the intergenerational mobility rates of the(More)
The colonial experience of developing countries provides valuable evidence regarding the impact of legal and institutional innovations on economic growth. However, there has been little effort by economists to study colonial policies to gain theoretical insights into the process of institutional reform. This paper considers the introduction of civil courts(More)
Trade and export, it is argued, spur economic growth. This paper studies the microeco-nomics of exporting. We build a heuristic model of transactions between exporters and producers and relate it to East India Company operations in colonial Bengal. Our model and the historical record stress two difficulties: the exporter and its agents might not uphold(More)