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dc.contributor.advisorPande, Rohini
dc.contributor.advisorBussell, Jennifer
dc.contributor.advisorHanna, Rema
dc.contributor.advisorRao, Gautam
dc.contributor.authorGupta, Sarika
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-08T12:38:09Z
dash.embargo.terms2020-05-01
dc.date.created2018-05
dc.date.issued2018-05-11
dc.date.submitted2018
dc.identifier.citationGupta, Sarika. 2018. Essays in Development Economics and Governance. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:41127170*
dc.description.abstractGood governance plays an important role in facilitating economic development and promot- ing human welfare. This dissertation examines topics at the intersection of development economics and governance through a series of field experiments carried out in South Asia. In Chapter 1, I examine barriers to take-up of an unconditional cash transfer program provided by the government for poor widows in Delhi, India and measure the distributive implications of these barriers. To do this, I conduct a randomized controlled trial with eligible women, providing some with only information about the program and others with information plus varying degrees of application assistance. In Chapter 2, I follow-up with the women in the study from Chapter 1 to measure the impact of expanding access to this unconditional cash transfer on economic and psychological measures of well-being as well as levels of political engagement. In Chapter 3, my co-authors and I aim to understand whether information constraints of voters help explain the election of candidates facing criminal charges to public office in India. To this end, we run a large-scale, mobile-based voter information campaign around the Uttar Pradesh state assembly elections of 2017.
dc.description.sponsorshipPublic Policy
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen
dash.licenseLAA
dc.subjectDevelopment
dc.subjectGovernance
dc.subjectSocial Protection
dc.subjectUCT
dc.subjectPoverty
dc.subjectSouth Asia
dc.subjectIndia
dc.subjectEconomics
dc.subjectPolitical Economy
dc.titleEssays in Development Economics and Governance
dc.typeThesis or Dissertation
dash.depositing.authorGupta, Sarika
dash.embargo.until2020-05-01
dc.date.available2019-08-08T12:38:09Z
thesis.degree.date2018
thesis.degree.grantorGraduate School of Arts & Sciences
thesis.degree.grantorGraduate School of Arts & Sciences
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentPublic Policy
thesis.degree.departmentPublic Policy
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dc.identifier.orcid0000-0001-8939-2343
dash.author.emailguptas24@gmail.com


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