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Yogesh Uppal
Youngstown State University
Yogesh Uppal is an Associate Professor of Economics at Youngstown State University. His research focuses on issues related to public, political and development economics. Currently, his research examines how type of a politician affects public service provision and economic development in India. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from University of California, Irvine, M.A. in Economics from Delhi School of Economics and B.A. (Honors) in Economics from University of Delhi.

Articles By Yogesh Uppal
Criminally accused politicians and economic outcomes
Posted On: 15 Jan 2016

Despite a history of widely contested and transparent elections, and presence of vibrant and open media, an increasing number of criminally accused politicians are being elected in India. Based on an analysis of elections to State Legislative Assemblies during 2004-2008 in 20 states, this column finds that electing a politician accused of a serious or financial crime adversely affects economic growth and public service delivery in the constituency.
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Political distortions in the Indian electricity sector
Posted On: 03 Aug 2015

While political interference is believed to be a major problem plaguing the electricity sector in India, there is little empirical evidence on the existence of political distortions or on their economic costs. This column demonstrates that Indian state governments increase the supply of electricity to constituencies that have bye-elections by diverting electricity away from non-election constituencies.
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