Religious Minorities and Provision of Public Goods: Evidence from Rural West Bengal

33 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2011

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Pranab Kumar Das

Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta

Saibal Kar

Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta; Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Madhumanti Kayal

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

Religious and ethnic minorities across the world face partisan treatment with regard to provision of public goods, either as outcome of discriminatory practices or due to historical antecedents, such as the caste and religious divides in India. In several districts of West Bengal in India concentration of religious minorities, namely Muslims is higher than state and country-level averages. We measures access to public goods in rural West Bengal for different strata of minority concentration. Using Least Square, Generalized Linear Models and Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition, we find evidence of strong horizontal inequality against Muslims in terms of access to public goods. Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition shows that Muslims in larger concentrations face poorer access to infrastructure, health and transport facilities.

Keywords: religious minorities, public good, discrimination, welfare, West Bengal

JEL Classification: H41, H51, J15, J71, I31

Suggested Citation

Das, Pranab Kumar and Kar, Saibal and Kayal, Madhumanti, Religious Minorities and Provision of Public Goods: Evidence from Rural West Bengal. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6154. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1968105

Pranab Kumar Das (Contact Author)

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Saibal Kar

Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta ( email )

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Calcutta, 700 094
India
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Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) ( email )

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Germany

Madhumanti Kayal

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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