Fracking Growth

This paper estimates the effect of the recent shale oil and shale gas boom in the United States on economic outcomes at the county level. In particular I provide a tentative answer why there may be no Dutch Disease in the manufacturing sector, despite rising labour costs. I show that resource extraction is a source …

Social Insurance and Conflict: Evidence from India

Can public employment schemes significantly affect the nature of the violence process? Can the state, by providing employment in times of need “win the hearts and minds” of its citizens and thus, expand its monopoly of power? This paper answers these two questions by studying the impact of the world’s largest public employment scheme on …