Hazarika, Gautam, Chandan Kumar Jha, and Sudipta Sarangi, 2019. "Ancestral Ecological Endowments and Missing Women" Journal of Population Economics, 32(4): 1101-1123. (2020 Kuznets Award for the Best Paper)

Abstract: This paper examines the relationship between ecological endowments in antiquity and contemporary female to male sex ratios in the population. It is found that there are proportionately more missing women in countries whose ancestral ecological endowments were poorer. This relationship is shown to be strong even after ancestral plough use, the timing of the Neolithic Transition, and many other potentially confounding factors are controlled for. Similar results are also obtained using district-level data from India.

Jha, Chandan Kumar and Sudipta Sarangi, 2018. "Women and Corruption: What Positions Must They Hold to Make a Difference?" Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 151: 219–233.

Abstract: This paper examines in what precise role -- as bribe takers, decision makers or as policy makers do women have an impact on corruption. Since much of the corruption literature is plagued either by the lack of instruments or weak instruments, this paper makes a methodological contribution by drawing inferences based on Moreira's (2003) conditional likelihood ratio approach. We provide robust evidence that women's presence in parliament has a causal and negative impact on corruption while other measures of female participation in economic activities are shown to have no effect. Further, this negative relationship between women's presence in government and corruption is also found to hold in a regional analysis of 17 European countries alleviating concerns that the relationship is driven by unobservable country-fixed characteristics. Finally, we show that this relationship does not disappear when women gain similarity in social status.