ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Do They Invite a Political Business Cycle?

Constituency Development Funds in India

India’s Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme, in which each MP is allotted an annual discretionary fund to spend in his or her district, offers an incentive to MPs to engage in individual political business cycles, or increased spending just before the elections, to improve their chances of re-election. Have they taken advantage of this opportunity? If they have, has doing so enhanced the likelihood of their re-election? This paper addresses these questions in the context of the 2014 Lok Sabha election.



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