Dr Vegard Iversen - Research
Farzana Afridi and I are currently working on the impacts of social audits on MGNREGA governance in Andhra Pradesh with preliminary results presented at the India Policy Forum (16.-17. July 2013). In other joint work, also including M. R. Sharan, we look at how the impacts of female village council headship on corruption and MGNREGA administration changes over time as initially inexperienced female leaders learn and accumulate political and administrative experience. In a joint paper just published online by the Journal of Development Studies, Richard Palmer-Jones, Kunal Sen and I revisit the colonial origins of agricultural development in India, critiquing Banerjee and Iyer's (2005) AER paper on the enduring legacy of colonial land revenue institutions. Richard Palmer-Jones and I have also been working on principles of replication in economics using Robert Jensen and Emiliy Oster's study of the impacts of cable TV on women's status in rural India as an example. I am also undertaking joint theoretical and empirical research with Amrita Dhillon and Gaute Torsvik using data from North-India to study social network mechanisms in markets for low and unskilled jobs.
Keywords: Labour markets; networks; identity and discrimination; gender, children and intrahoushold allocation; social accountability and public service delivery; experimental economics (skeptic); impact evaluation