Archive for May 13th, 2011

Do women political leaders help women?

May 13, 2011

This is a timely paper given today’s election results. We have seen two women emerge as leaders in the state elections results – Mamta Banerjee in West Bengal and Jayalalitha in Tamil Nadu. Both have clean sweeped. It is not new for Jayalalitha as she has been the CM before but completely a change for West Bengal which has lived in communist rule for 34 years.

So what would one expect from a women leader? One of the first thing would be improvement in women security. As a woman it is a shame to live freely in this country. You have fear lurking in most corners of the country. As a woman you would ideally want to improve things somewhat for woman. Reduce crime rates against women, punish the culprits severely, make the police more sensitive and severe in case of women related crimes etc.

This paper by Lakshmi Iyer, Anandi Mani (University of Warwick), and Prachi Mishra and Petia Topalova (IMF) looks at these issues at a village level which has a female council head. Here is a nice discussion of the paper.

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Headline vs core inflation links

May 13, 2011

The debate continues…

William R. Cline and Joseph E. Gagnon discuss (transcript here) which is a better measure for inflation. Gagnon of NY Fed prefers the core and Cline says looking at core ignores the trend of persistent rise of food and fuel prices. Cline says:

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What should South Sudan do?

May 13, 2011

Abhijeet Banerjee and Esther Duflo are busy doing shows/interviews marketing their new book- Poor Economics.

David Leonhardt interviewed the duo recently. South Sudan is going to be the newest country and Leonhardt asks the duo what would they advise the new government to improve the lives of their citizens:

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Economists research on postive economics but columns are based on normative economics

May 13, 2011

Edward Glaeser bids adieu to NYT Economix Blog and writes a terrific post. This blog would sorely miss Glaeser’s posts on cities, urban development and general economics issues. A real loss.

But then he ends with a superb post touching on how the blog and his posts started and how Economix Blog was designed differently. The crisis changed it all:

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