Brian Min is Assistant Professor of political science at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Power and the Vote: Elections and Electricity in the Developing World (Cambridge 2015). His research focuses on the political economy of development with an emphasis on distributive politics, public goods provision, and energy politics. His articles have appeared in World Politics, American Sociological Review, and Annual Review of Political Science. He has received grants from the World Bank, the International Growth Centre, and the National Science Foundation. His doctoral dissertation received the 2011 Gabriel A. Almond Award for the best dissertation in comparative politics from the American Political Science Association. Min received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and B.A. from Cornell University.
Political distortions in the Indian electricity sector
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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