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Development Economics Workshop: Digvijay Negi

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 1:30pm to 2:45pm

Mann Library, 102
Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Digvijay Negi, Cornell University


Deadweight Losses or Gains from In-kind Transfers? Experimental Evidence from India



Are in-kind transfers associated with deadweight losses? To answer this, we conducted an incentivized field experiment in India, which offered low-income households the choice between a free quantity of rice and varying amounts of cash to elicit their willingness to pay for rice. Contrary to expectation, we find evidence of deadweight gain on average, though with a striking contrast between a deadweight loss among respondents from female-headed households and a deadweight gain among respondents from male-headed households. Our results highlight the role of gender differences in bargaining power in shaping the choice between cash or rice.


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Economics, South Asia Program


economics, EconSeminar, EconDevelop

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Brenda Stevens

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Digvijay Negi

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Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research

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