Essays in Political Economy and Development Economics

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2019

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This dissertation explores questions in political economy and in development

economics. I ask and answer two research questions.

First, I look at whether peaceful or violent protests are more effective at

steering policy change. I study this question in the context of the US Civil

Rights Era, and evaluate the effects of protests on legislator votes in the

US House. I use a fixed-effects specification, and find that peaceful protests

caused a liberal shift and therefore were effective from the point of view of

the Civil Rights Movement but violent protests caused a conservative shift

and therefore backfired.

Second, I look at whether the structure of social networks in rural West-

ern Kenya is affected by a large development intervention. In joint work with

Robert Garlick and Kate Orkin, we evaluate the effects of a large unconditional

cash transfer and a psychological intervention. We cross-randomize

villages into these two interventions, and measure household interactions in

four types of networks: talking about goals, talking about challenges, giving

money or goods, and receiving money or goods. We estimate effects on total

link counts, measures of homophily, and measures of link intensity.

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Nyeki, Gabor (2019). Essays in Political Economy and Development Economics. Dissertation, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/18829.

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