Recent Working Papers

 

A Pareto-Efficiency-Based Rationale for the Welfare State, with Stefan Napel, October 2013.

Mechanism Design with Communication Constraints with Masatoshi Tsumagari, revised version August 2013. Working paper version, October 2012.

Middleman Margins and Asymmetric Information: An Experiment with Potato Farmers in West Bengal with Sandip Mitra, Maximo Torero and Sujata Visaria, revised version October 2013.

Evolution of Land Distribution in West Bengal 1967--2003: Role of Land Reform and Demographic Changes, with Pranab Bardhan, Mike Luca and Francisco Pino, December 2010, revised version March 2013.

Intermediated Loans: A New Approach to Microfinance with Sandip Mitra, Pushkar Maitra, Alberto Motta and Sujata Visaria, March 2013.

Firewood Collections and Economic Growth in Rural Nepal 1995-2010: Evidence from a Household Panel, with Jean-Marie Baland and Francois Libois, December 2012

Why The Left Front Lost West Bengal: Poor Governance or Enhanced Accountability Standards?, with Pranab Bardhan, Sandip Mitra and Anusha Nath, November 2012

Accountability of Local and State Governments in India: An Overview of Recent Research, October 2012.

Political Clientelism and Capture: Theory and Evidence from West Bengal with Pranab Bardhan, revised August 2012.

Controlling Collusion and Extortion: The Twin Faces of Corruption with Ajit Mishra, August 2012..

Educational Signaling, Credit Constraints and Income Distribution Dynamics with Marcello d'Amato, July 2010, revised version April 2012.

Political Participation, Clientelism and Targeting of Local Government Programs: Results from a Rural Household Survey in West Bengal, India. Revised version with P Bardhan, S. Mitra and A. Sarkar, October 2011. Original version: Local Democracy in West Bengal: Clientelism, Political Participation and Targeting of Public Services, February 2008.

How Did the US Housing Slump Begin? Role of the 2005 Bankruptcy Reform Act, with Ulf Lilienfeld, January 2011

A General Equilibrium Analysis of Personal Bankruptcy Law with Ulf Lilienfeld-Toal, January 2008

Relative Capture of Local and Central Governments with Pranab Bardhan 2000 (Figures)

Expenditure Decentralization and the Delivery of Public Services in Developing Countries with Pranab Bardhan, 1998

Contractual Constraints on Firm Performance in Developing Countries(Figures) 1998