Brown Bag seminar in Economics | Sampreet Gorayaa
Welcome to the Brown Bag Seminar in Economics organized by the Department of Economics, SSE. The seminar speaker is Sampreet Goraya, SSE who will present "Social Norms, Product Demand, and Firm Size".
This paper examines the impact of ethnic networks on product demand and firm size in rural India. First, we establish changes in regional rainfall intensity as an asymmetric demand-shifter to members of different castes. Specifically, when consumers from historically disadvantaged communities (LC) experience a positive shift in income due to good rainfall, relative to others, they translate it into higher per-capita expenditure across various non-agricultural product categories, whose supply is not directly affected by rainfall. Second, we exploit this demand-shifter and document that the increase in LC households' demand leads to higher growth for the firms owned by members of the same caste category, relative to others. We use these empirical findings to discipline a model of firm dynamics with caste-specific demand shifter. The model can explain an important fraction of cross-caste firm size differences.
Sampreet Goraya is an Assistant Professor at SSE, in the Department of Economics.
This seminar takes place at Stockholm School of Economics, Sveavägen 65, in room 348.
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