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Rapid Institutional Change in the Western Plains of Nepal
May 13, 2015Poverty and Applied Microeconomics Seminar Series

Eric Edmonds (Dartmouth) will present the results of recent research.

Speaker: Eric Edmonds is a Professor of Economics at Dartmouth University. More »

Abstract: Feudal institutions persist in many pockets of the developing world.  In 2001, approximately 100,000 nearly landless laborers living in the western plains of Nepal served in debt-bondage to landowners, often for generations.  We describe the institution, its persistence, and document its effects on the intergenerational persistence of poverty through the incentives the institution created for child labor, schooling, and fertility.  By 2011, the institution and its disincentive effects on human capital accumulation appear to have completely disappeared.  We consider alternative explanations for why the institution disappeared and the implications of this example for the evolution of traditional institutions elsewhere.

Last Updated: May 06, 2015

The Poverty and Applied Micro Seminar Series is a weekly series hosted by the World Bank's research department. The series invites leading researchers in applied microeconomics from the fields of poverty, human development and public service delivery, agriculture and rural development, political economy, behavioral economics, private sector development, and a range of other fields to present the results of their most recent research in a seminar format. The full list of seminars can be viewed here.

Event Details
  • Date: May 13, 2015
  • Location: World Bank Headquarters, MC3-570
  • Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
  • CONTACT: Anna Bonfield
  • abonfield@worldbank.org