Jobs for Justice(s) - Corruption in the Supreme Court of India

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All India

1999 - 2014


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The Indian judiciary bats for judicial independence. Wary of executive interference, judges ferociously protect their institutional turf. But does India’s judicial system suffer from an underhanded breach of judicial independence? Using a novel dataset of Supreme Court decisions between 1999 and 2014, and career trajectories of retired Supreme Court judges, this article finds that an increase in post-retirement appointments for judges to government positions acts as a powerful incentive for them to decide cases in favour of the State.



Codebook for the Jobs Dataset.


Research Report

We investigate whether judges respond to pandering incentives by ruling in favour of the government in the hope of receiving jobs after retiring from the Court. We construct a dataset of all reported Supreme Court of India cases involving the government from 1999 till 2014,with an indicator for whether the decision was in its favour or not.


Jobs Data

This datasets compiles the jobs that retired Supreme Court judges received from the central government. Refer to the Codebook, attached with this dataset, for accessing variable definitions.