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dc.contributor.authorIyer, Sriya
dc.contributor.authorShrivastava, Anand
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-02T18:52:59Z
dc.date.available2018-02-02T18:52:59Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.issn0304-3878
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/271621
dc.description.abstractWe study the effect of Hindu-Muslim riots on election results in India. We combine data on geo-coded riots with data on state elections and on demographics and public goods provision to construct a unique panel data set for 16 large states in India from 1981-2001. A new instrument is used that draws upon the random variation in the day of the week that Hindu festivals fall on, as set by a lunar calendar. The probability of a riot increases if a Hindu festival falls on a Friday, the holy day for Muslims. This allows us to isolate the causal effect of riots on electoral results.The results are also corrected for under-reporting of riots and their effect on nearby districts. We find that riots occurring in the year preceding an election increase the vote share of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party by at least 5 percentage points.
dc.publisherElsevier BV
dc.subjectReligion
dc.subjectPolitical economy
dc.subjectRiots
dc.subjectElections
dc.subjectIndia
dc.titleReligious riots and electoral politics in India
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage122
prism.publicationDate2018
prism.publicationNameJOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS
prism.startingPage104
prism.volume131
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.18612
dcterms.dateAccepted2017-11-15
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1016/j.jdeveco.2017.11.003
rioxxterms.versionAM
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserved
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2018-03
dc.contributor.orcidIyer, Sriya [0000-0002-1297-1539]
dc.identifier.eissn1872-6089
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
cam.issuedOnline2017-11-21
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2018-11-21


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