Body Mass Index, Participation, Duration of Work and Earnings Under NREGS: Evidence from Rajasthan
Australian National University (ANU) - Australia South Asia Research Centre (ASARC); Crawford School of Public Policy
University of Delhi - Department of Economics
Manoj Kumar Pandey
Australian National University (ANU) - Australia South Asia Research Centre
April 7, 2011
Despite its evident importance relatively little is known about links between Body Mass Index (BMI) and participation in workfare programs, particularly in India. Using a unique data set for the Indian state of Rajasthan for 2009-10, this paper attempts to fill this void and examines the association between BMI and participation in, duration of employment in and earnings from employment in NREGs. Thus we go beyond the scope of the extant literature and model these links for both male and female workers with varied social and economic backgrounds. Further, we permit non-linearities in some impacts and allow for mutual endogenity, say, between BMI and earnings. To the best of our knowledge this is the first paper to examine this range of issues.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 32
Keywords: Body Mass Index, National Rural Employment Guarantee, Participation, India
JEL Classification: C21, D31, D63, H53working papers series
Date posted: April 11, 2011
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