Guo Xu combines personnel records with vital statistics 1910-1925 to study how bureaucratic representation affects mortality in 1,271 Indian towns during the 1918 Influenza pandemic. Exploiting the rotation of senior colonial officers across districts and a cross-border comparison, towns headed by Indian (as opposed to British) district officers experienced 15% lower deaths. The lower mortality effects extend beyond the urban areas and coincide with greater responsiveness in relief provision. Bureaucratic representation can thus be a powerful way to increase state responsiveness during times of crisis.
Guo Xu is an Assistant Professor at the Berkeley Haas School of Business. He obtained his PhD in Economics from the LSE. His research focuses on the selection, recruitment and allocation of talent in private and public sector organizations. Visit his personal website >>
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