Siwan Anderson

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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)
In contrast to most dowry-oriented societies in which payments have declined with modernization, those in India have undergone significant inflation over the last five decades. This paper explains the difference between these two experiences by focusing on the role played by caste. The theoretical model contrasts caste-and non-caste-based societies: in the(More)
This paper uses exogenous variation in electoral rules to test the predictions of strategic voting models and the causal validity of Duverger's Law. Exploiting a regression discontinuity design in the assignment of single-ballot and dual-ballot (runoff) plurality systems in Brazilian mayoral races, the results indicate that single-ballot plurality rule(More)
This paper proposes that major determinants of allocation of women's time are social norms that regulate the economic activities of women. Our emphasis on norms contrasts with approaches that view time allocation as determined by household-level economic variables. Using data from Burkina Faso, we show that social norms significantly explain differences in(More)
This paper shows that increases in (firm-level) competition positively impact (individual-level) trust. Using US states' banking deregulation events that previous studies have already shown to have large impacts on competition in non-banking sectors, we show that an increase in competition had a causal impact on trust, measured in the General Social Survey(More)
In many developing countries, institutional setups often feature a key group of players, the elite, seeking to manipulate extant institutions to their advantage. Their means of doing this vary across contexts and matter greatly for optimal institutional design and reform. We explore this process for village level governing institutions in India, using a(More)
How have the poorest sections of society in India responded to the rapid changes in the Indian economy over the past 30 years? We examine this question by contrasting the fortunes of the historically disadvantaged scheduled castes and tribes (SC/ST) in India with the rest of the workforce in terms of their education attainment, occupation choices and wages.(More)
Many developing countries face a pro-male gender gap in schooling, as boys are more likely to be enrolled at school than girls. This paper examines whether the current enrolment gap prevails at the same time among " regular " and " irregular " schooling children. Given their age, irregular schooling children have not succeeded (yet) the exam the are are(More)