Got Water? Social Divisions and Access to Public Goods in Rural India

21 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2013

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Divya Balasubramaniam

Saint Joseph's University

Santanu Chatterjee

University of Georgia - C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business - Department of Economics

David B. Mustard

University of Georgia - C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University of Georgia Law School

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Date Written: January 2014

Abstract

Data from the 2001 Census of India is used to examine how social divisions are associated with access to tap water across rural India. Different types of social fragmentation are associated with different outcomes for tap water access. Communities that are heterogeneous in terms of caste have lower access to tap water, while communities that are fragmented across religions have higher access. This underscores the importance of heterogeneity both within and across religions. Aggregated measures of social fragmentation may thus conceal the differential effects of its component measures, and obscure important information that may affect the design of public policies.

Suggested Citation

Balasubramaniam, Divya and Chatterjee, Santanu and Mustard, David B., Got Water? Social Divisions and Access to Public Goods in Rural India (January 2014). Economica, Vol. 81, Issue 321, pp. 140-160, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2362592 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecca.12056

Divya Balasubramaniam

Saint Joseph's University ( email )

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Santanu Chatterjee

University of Georgia - C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business - Department of Economics ( email )

Department of Economics
University of Georgia
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United States
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David B. Mustard

University of Georgia - C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business - Department of Economics ( email )

Athens, GA 30602-6254
United States
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706-542-3376 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.terry.uga.edu/~dmustard/

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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University of Georgia Law School

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Athens, GA 30602
United States

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