Do the Effects of Temporary Ethnic Group Quotas Persist? Evidence from India†

Do the Effects of Temporary Ethnic Group Quotas Persist? Evidence from India† AbstractDo electoral quotas for ethnic groups continue to improve their chances of winning elections after quotas are withdrawn? This is an important question since ethnic group quotas are common, and are often intended to be temporary. Using natural experiments, I find that electoral quotas for India's “scheduled castes” (SCs) fail to boost SCs' chances of winning office after they are discontinued. These results contrast with the significant positive effects of past women's quotas found in similar contexts. (JEL D72, J15, J16, O15, O17, Z13) http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Economic Journal: Applied Economics American Economic Association

Do the Effects of Temporary Ethnic Group Quotas Persist? Evidence from India†

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American Economic Association
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1945-7790
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10.1257/app.20160030
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AbstractDo electoral quotas for ethnic groups continue to improve their chances of winning elections after quotas are withdrawn? This is an important question since ethnic group quotas are common, and are often intended to be temporary. Using natural experiments, I find that electoral quotas for India's “scheduled castes” (SCs) fail to boost SCs' chances of winning office after they are discontinued. These results contrast with the significant positive effects of past women's quotas found in similar contexts. (JEL D72, J15, J16, O15, O17, Z13)

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American Economic Journal: Applied EconomicsAmerican Economic Association

Published: Jul 1, 2017

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