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Lakshmi IyerLakshmi Iyer

Associate Professor of Economics and Global Affairs
Director, Sustainable Development Concentration, Master of Global Affairs, Keough School of Global Affairs
(PhD, MIT)

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Geographic Focus: Asia; South Asia

Thematic Interests: Development economics; political economy; property rights; distribution of political power  

Current Research: Determinants and consequences of women’s political participation; development impact of administrative and political decentralization

Selected Publications

  • “Path-Breakers? Women’s Electoral Success and Future Political Participation,” with Sonia Bhalotra and Irma Clots-Figueras, The Economic Journal (forthcoming)

  • "Religion, Politician Identity and Development Outcomes: Evidence from India," with Sonia Bhalotra, Guilhem Cassan, and Irma Clots-Figueras, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 104 (2014)

  • "The Power of Political Voice: Women's Political Representation and Crime in India," with Anandi Mani, Prachi Mishra, and Petia Topalova, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 4, 4 (October 2012)

  • "Traveling Agents: Political Change and Bureaucratic Turnover in India," with Anandi Mani, Review of Economics and Statistics 94, 3 (August 2012)

  • "Managing Conflict," in Ejaz Ghani, ed., Reshaping Tomorrow: Is South Asia Ready for the Big Leap? (Oxford University Press, 2011)

  • "Geography, Poverty and Conflict in Nepal," with Quy-Toan Do, Journal of Peace Research 47, 6 (2010)

  • "Direct versus Indirect Colonial Rule in India: Long-term Consequences," Review of Economics and Statistics 92, 4 (2010) 

  • "Colonial Land Tenure, Electoral Competition, and Public Goods in India," with Abhijit Banerjee in Jared Diamond and James Robinson, eds., Natural Experiments of History (Harvard University Press, 2010)

  • "Land Titling and Rural Transition in Vietnam," with Quy-Toan Do, Economic Development and Cultural Change 56, 3 (2008)

  • "History, Institutions and Economic Performance: the Legacy of Colonial Land Tenure Systems in India," with Abhijit Banerjee, American Economic Review 95, 4  (2005)—Winner of the inaugural Michael Wallerstein Award presented by the Political Economy Section of the American Political Science Association

  • "History, Social Divisions and Public Goods in Rural India," with Abhijit Banerjee and Rohini Somanathan, Journal of the European Economic Association 3, 2–3 (2005)




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