Job Market Candidate (2021-22)
Political Economy, Development and Labour Economics
Warwick Email: A dot Bhatiya at warwick dot ac dot uk
Address: S1.112, Social Sciences Building,
I am on the 2021-22 economics job market and available for interviews.
1) Do Enfranchised Immigrants Affect Politicians' Behaviour? (Job Market Paper)
Abstract: Immigrants are a large and growing unenfranchised group across many developed countries. Does immigrants' enfranchisement affect how politicians respond to immigration? I study the unique UK context, where immigrants from Ireland and the Commonwealth have voting rights in all elections immediately upon arrival, but these rights are not accorded to other immigrants. I analyse how politicians discuss immigration using text analysis of the universe of speeches in the UK parliament and how MPs vote on immigration bills between 1972 and 2011. I use a shift-share instrument exploiting pre-existing settlement patterns to address immigrants' endogenous location choice. I find that politicians exposed to enfranchised immigration spend more time in the parliament discussing issues affecting immigrants positively, yet they vote to increase immigration restrictions. Enfranchisement leads to more political engagement of immigrants, and politicians respond to this engagement. The political cost of favouring enfranchised immigrants is compensated by restricting future immigration.
Coverage: Broadstreet Blog
3) Behavioral Voters in a Decentralized Democracy (with Vimal Balasubramaniam and Sabyasachi Das). (Submitted)
Coverage: Ideas for India - (English), (Hindi); CASI (India in Transition) - (English), (Hindi), (Bangla), (Tamil); Mint; AnandaBazar
Zoom Presentation: TCPD, Ashoka University (August 2020)
Impact of COVID-19 Crisis on Rural Youth: Evidence from a Panel Survey and an Experiment (with Bhaskar Chakravorty, Clément Imbert, Maximilian Lohnert, Poonam Panda and Roland Rathelot)
Coverage: The Hindu, Ideas for India - (English), (Hindi), IGC India Conference 2021