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Changing One's Mind?

How do people reassess their beliefs in the light of new information? Do people follow the Bayesian rule of utility maximisation? Or are there other aspects that people take into account when updating their beliefs? In order to better understand this process, experiments were conducted amongst rural women in Uttar Pradesh. The results and questions this study throws up are discussed here.

Indian Assembly Elections, 1977-2002

A sharp trend-break in participation (as measured by turnout rates as well as number of candidates contesting) in state assembly elections in India, starting in the mid-1990s is noticed as one studies electoral constituency level data spanning the period 1977-2002. Specifi cally, it is found that turnout rates as well as the number of contesting candidates declined sharply starting in 1993 and this trend continued till 2002 (the end point of the data studied). There is suggestive evidence that this trend-break coincided with a sharp uptick in the correlation between male and female rates of electoral participation. The formal devolution of powers to panchayati raj institutions starting in 1993 may explain these fi ndings in the data.

Does Education Pay Off? Subjective Expectations on Education in Rural India

This paper presents the first results of a study conducted on subjective expectations that parents have about the costs and returns to education. This is done by using a detailed child-level dataset from the three villages of Dokur (Mahbubnagar district, Andhra Pradesh), Kalman and Shirapur (Sholapur district, Maharashtra). The perceived returns differ by region, gender of the child and caste, with girls and members of the scheduled caste and the tribe categories being at a disadvantage.
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