Non Committed Voters and Economic Growth: Evidence from India

36 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2017

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Abhishek Bhardwaj

New York University (NYU)

Prasanna L. Tantri

Indian School of Business

Nagaraju Thota

BITS-Pilani Hyderabad Campus

Date Written: March 2017

Abstract

Using actual voting records of simultaneous elections held for Indian federal and regional assemblies-where same political parties contest against each other in both type of elections we identify non-committed voters. These are split ticket voters who vote for different parties in two different but simultaneous election. We find that the representatives supported by such voters outperform significantly with respect to both constituency level outcomes as well as measures based on individual effort. Having controlled for the impact of observable factors, we follow Imbens (2003); Harada (2012) and conduct generalized sensitivity analysis in order to account for the influence of unobservables.

Keywords: Democracy, Legislature, Elections, Performance of Government

JEL Classification: D72, D73, H11

Suggested Citation

Bhardwaj, Abhishek and Tantri, Prasanna L. and Thota, Nagaraju, Non Committed Voters and Economic Growth: Evidence from India (March 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3037805 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3037805

Abhishek Bhardwaj

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Nagaraju Thota (Contact Author)

BITS-Pilani Hyderabad Campus ( email )

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