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BlogMoving out of identity silos and into intersectionality: The example of gender identity
Women are undoubtedly doing better today than they were even 40-50 years ago. The gender gap has shrunk in many areas, including educational attainment, health, and employment and wages...Gender Caste Equality
BlogResearch insights, new friends and meeting Stiglitz: Shreya Bhattacharya - 2018 PhD Fellow
In the fall of 2018 UNU-WIDER welcomed 11 doctoral students from around the world as part of our PhD Fellowship Programme ...UNU-WIDER PhD Fellowship Ethnic inequality Caste
Book ChapterAre caste categories misleading? The relationship between gender and jati in three Indian states
From the book: Towards Gender Equity in DevelopmentAutonomy Caste Gender
Working PaperAre caste categories misleading?: The relationship between gender and jati in three Indian states
This paper examines the relationship between caste and gender inequality in three states in India...Autonomy Caste Gender
Working PaperHow status inequality between ethnic groups affects public goods provision: Experimental evidence on caste and tolerance for teacher absenteeism in India
This article contributes to the growing scholarship on how ethnic inequality can dampen the provision of public goods and services. On the one hand, it pushes beyond purely economic inequality to include status inequality between population groups...Caste Ethnic inequality Public goods provisions
Working PaperIs multi-party coalition government better for the protection of socially backward classes in India?
The paper investigates whether multi-party coalition government is better for the protection of socially backward classes, i.e. Scheduled Castes, in India...Caste Equality and inequality Local government
Working PaperWhy does caste still influence access to agricultural credit?
In India, caste shapes access to a variety of resources and outcomes mainly through its influence on inter-generational prosperity, but also the linked phenomenon of discrimination...Caste Rural development
Working PaperAffirmative action and long-run changes in group inequality in India
Research on caste-based inequalities in India has generally focused on differences between large categories such as the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, and the remainder of the population...Caste Equality and inequality
Working PaperMandated political representation and crimes against the low castes
Mandated political representation over the last twenty years has had a different impact on the reporting of crime by the low castes than what is observed for the reporting of crime by women...Caste Crime Equality and inequality
Working PaperDouble jeopardy?: Caste, affirmative action, and stigma
This paper presents the results of an attitude survey administered to university students in India that attempts to delineate the social–psychological mechanisms of ‘externalization’ and ‘internalization’ to understand t...Caste Education, Higher Equality and inequality
Working PaperCaste differences in behaviour and personality: Evidence from India
The persistent gap in economic outcomes between the upper and lower caste groups in India is typically explained through differences in endowments and the presence of discrimination...Caste Field experiments Organizational behavior
Working PaperFor whom does the phone (not) ring?: Discrimination in the rental housing market in Delhi, India
Using an audit experiment carried out on of India’s largest real estate websites, we document striking variations between landlords’ treatment of upper-caste Hindus, Other Backward Castes, Scheduled Castes, and Muslims...Caste Discrimination in housing Equality and inequality
Journal ArticleDisadvantage and discrimination in self-employment: Caste gaps in earnings in Indian small businesses
Using the 2004–2005 India Human Development Survey data, we estimate and decompose the earnings of household businesses owned by historically marginalized social groups known as Scheduled Castes and Tribes (SCSTs) and non-SCSTs across the earni...Caste Equality and inequality Microeconomics
Working PaperDisadvantage and Discrimination in Self-employment: Caste Gaps in Earnings in Indian Small Businesses
Using the 2004-05 India Human Development Survey data, we estimate and decompose the earnings of household businesses owned by historically marginalized social groups known as Scheduled Castes and Tribes (SCSTs), and non-SCSTs across the earnings dis...Caste Equality and inequality Households
Journal ArticleCaste-based crimes and economic status: Evidence from India
Crimes against the historically marginalized Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC and ST) by the upper castes in India represent an extreme form of prejudice and discrimination...Caste Crime Social conditions