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Vijayendra Rao | "Who Has Voice in a Deliberative Democracy? Evidence from Transcripts of Village Parliaments in India"
December 3, 2014, 3:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lead Economist in the Development Economics Research Group at The World Bank.“Who has Voice in a Deliberative Democracy? Evidence from transcripts of Village Parliaments in India”
the Cities and Social Justice funded by the Marron Institute, and South Asia NYU.Date: December 3, 2014
Location: Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, 5th floor
Vijayendra (Biju) Rao, a Lead Economist in the Development Economics Research Group of the World Bank, integrates his training in economics with theories and methods from anthropology, sociology and political science to study the social, cultural, and political context of extreme poverty in developing countries. He leads the Social Observatory, an inter-disciplinary effort to improve the implementation of anti-poverty projects by building their “adaptive capacity”; i.e. the ability of projects to make everyday decisions, and modify project design, on the basis of high-quality descriptive, evaluative and process-oriented information. His research has spanned a wide variety of subjects including the rise in dowries in India, the determinants and consequences of domestic violence, the economics of sex work, public celebrations, community development, and deliberative democracy. He has co-edited Culture and Public Action, and History, Historians and Development Policy, co-authored the 2006 World Development Report on Equity and Development, and co-authored, with Ghazala Mansuri the World Bank’s Policy Research Report on Localizing Development: Does Participation Work?
Dr. Rao obtained a BA in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Bombay University, a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, was a Hewlett post-doctoral fellow at the Economics Research Center and an Associate of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies at the University of Chicago, and has been a Mellon Fellow at Population Studies Centers at the University of Michigan and Brown University. He was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Williams College before joining the World Bank’s Research Department in 1999. He serves on the editorial boards of Economic Development and Cultural Change , Journal of Development Studies, The World Bank Economic Review, and World Development. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Successful Societies Program at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).New York University.