Lakshmi Iyer

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We examine the influence of three historically important sources of social divisions on the availability of public goods in rural India: colonial power, landowner-peasant relations as determined by the land tenure system and social fragmentation based on the Hindu caste system and the presence of sizable religious minorities. Using data on public goods from(More)
  • Felipe Kast, Stephan Meier, Dina Pomeranz, Alberto Abadie, Alberto Alesina, Nageeb Ali +21 others
  • 2011
While commitment devices such as defaults and direct deposits from wages have been found to be highly effective to increase savings, they are not available to the millions of people worldwide who work in the informal sector or as independent entrepreneurs, since they do not have a formal wage bill. Self-help peer groups are an alternative commitment device(More)
CEOs affect the performance of the firms they manage, and family CEOs seem to weaken it. Yet little is known about what top executives actually do, and whether it differs by firm ownership. We study CEOs in the Indian manufacturing sector, where family ownership is widespread and the productivity dispersion across firms is substantial. Time use analysis of(More)
This paper focuses on the relationship between public action and access to public goods. It begins by developing a simple model of collective action which is intended to capture the various mechanisms that are discussed in the theoretical literature on collective action. We argue that several of these intuitive theoretical arguments rely on special(More)