Abstract: How should citizens prove their identity in order to access publicly provided goods and services? We use a large-scale experiment to evaluate the effects of more stringent ID requirements based on biometric authentication currently being imposed by the Government of India, characterizing how this has affected errors of inclusion and of exclusion in the delivery of subsidized food in the state of Jharkhand.
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Op-Ed co-authored by Melody Barnes, Democracy Initiative Co-Director for Policy and Public Affairs, and Julian Zelizer of Princeton University.
Beginning this spring, four Charlottesville community leaders will come to Grounds to continue work on their projects addressing racial and economic inequality.
Todd Sechser of the Democracy Initiative's Democratic Statecraft Lab discusses the latest development in the U.S.-Iran relationship with former ambassadors Eric Edelman and Steve Mull.
This groundbreaking history tells the little-known story of how, in one of our country’s darkest hours, Japanese Americans fought to defend their faith and preserve religious freedom. The mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II is not only a tale of injustice; it is a moving story of faith.
Just more than 200 years ago, three U.S. presidents gathered to lay the cornerstone for the University of Virginia, a place they hoped would educate the future leaders of their fledgling democracy.
$2.95 million to support the Democracy Initiative, an interdisciplinary teaching, research and engagement effort announced last year to bring together a diverse range of scholars, government leaders and practitioners.
Politics professor Todd Sechser and media studies professor Siva Vaidhyanathan will direct the two newest labs for interdisciplinary research sponsored by the University of Virginia’s Democracy Initiative.