Anirban Mitra is a Lecturer in Economics. He obtained a BA in Economics from the University of Delhi, an MA in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University and a PhD in Economics from New York University in May 2012. He joined the University of Kent in October 2016.
Anirban is the School's Seminar Series Co-ordinator (joint with Anthony Savagar).
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Anirban's publications can also be found on RePEc.
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Mitra, A. (2017). Mandated Political Representation and Redistribution. Economica [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecca.12249.
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Mandated political representation for minorities involves earmarking certain electoral districts where only minority–group candidates are permitted to contest. This paper builds a political–
economy model to analyse the effect of such affirmative action on redistribution in equilibrium. The model predicts that, in situations where the minority is economically disadvantaged and where
voters exhibit an in–group bias, such a quota can reduce transfers to poorer groups. This suggests that the gains to the minority group from having such quotas are unevenly distributed. Redistribution
in reserved districts leads to a rise in within–group inequality for the minorities.
Mitra, A. and Mitra, S. (2016). Electoral Uncertainty, Income Inequality and the Middle Class. Economic Journal [Online] 127:1119-1152. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12318.
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We investigate how electoral competition affects the income distribution in society. We utilise a standard probabilistic voting setup where parties compete at two stages. Our model delivers that greater electoral competition in a district results in equalisation of incomes therein. We check for these relationships using data from Indian national elections which are combined with consumption expenditure data rounds from the National Sample Survey Organization (1987–8 and 2004–5) to yield a district level panel. Our OLS, 2-SLS and IIV analyses consistently inform that close elections lead to lower inequality and polarisation indicating a larger middle class.
Mitra, A. and Ray, D. (2014). Implications of an Economic Theory of Conflict: Hindu-Muslim Violence in India. Journal of Political Economy [Online] 122:719-765. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/676316.
- Development economics
- Political economy
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