1. Aditya Dasgupta, Kishore Gawande, and Devesh Kapur. 2017. (When) Do Antipoverty Programs Reduce Violence? India’s Rural Employment Guarantee and Maoist Conflict. International Organization 2017. 71(3): 605-632.
Bottom Line: The world’s largest conditional cash transfer program has reduced internal violence in India. (This is among a handful of papers that causally demonstrate the poverty-conflict relationship ).
2. Comparing Discrete Distributions: Survey Validation and Survey Experiments Political Analysis 20(1) Winter 2013: 70-85. [ GAWANDE, K., G. Y. REINHARDT, C. L. SILVA and D. BEARFIELD]
Bottom Line: Some new results about the use of the discrete K-S tests on all kinds of survey data.
3. Survey data : “Katrina and Rita: The Impact of Exogenous Shocks on Risk Assessment.” Survey of hurricane-threatened regions in the US. Funded from NSF SGER Grant #0554875. [Co-PIs: Domonic Bearfield, Kishore Gawande, Gina Reinhardt and Carol Silva.]
Bottom Line: There are some amazing data here, and a survey experiment as well. Our Political Analysis paper provides external validation, so the data are good to go!
DATA: KatrinaSurvey(Stata data, zipped)
4. The Long-Run Impact of Nuclear Waste Shipments on the Property Market: Evidence from A Quasi-Experiment. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 65, January 2013: 56-73. [GAWANDE K., H. JENKINS-SMITH & MAY YUAN]
Bottom Line: Transporting radioactive waste from nuclear plants to storage sites imposes a significant negative externality, and requires policy in order to avoid its consequence.
5. Is Protection for Sale? Testing the Grossman-Helpman Model of Endogenous Protection. Review of Economics and Statistics 89, 139-152. February 2000. [GAWANDE, K., U. BANDYOPADHYAY]
Bottom Line: The Grossman-Helpman model tests out well against U.S. data. A puzzle left unresolved is why the estimate of the weight the U.S. government places on welfare is so large. This finding is at odds with the fact that the quantity of campaign contributions in the United States is modest relative to the huge welfare losses caused by trade policy distortions. That is, a small amount of contributions bend policy a lot.
6. More Inequality, More Killings: The Maoist Insurgency in Nepal. American Journal of Political Science. 55 October 2011: 886-906. [NEPAL, M., A. K. BOHARA and K. GAWANDE]
Bottom Line: Inequality is a worse enemy than you imagine.
DATA: programs&data (.zip) supplementaryinformation (.pdf)
6. What Governments Maximize and Why: The View from Trade. International Organization 63, 491-532. July 2009. [GAWANDE, K., P. KRISHNA, and M. OLARREAGA]
Bottom Line: Why some governments follow policies that are welfare-oriented is not necessarily because they are inherently altruistic, but because their institutions constrain their behavior. Where institutional restraints are absent or weak, governments sell out their public’s interest cheaply
7. Free Riding on Protection for Sale . International Studies Quarterly, 56. December 2012: 735-747. [GAWANDE, K., S. MAGEE]
Bottom Line: Theory and evidence for Olsonian free-riding.