Switches Into and Out of NREGS: A Panel Data Analysis for Rajasthan

ASARC Working Paper No. 2011/02

31 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2012

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Raghbendra Jha

Australian National University (ANU) - Australia South Asia Research Centre (ASARC); Crawford School of Public Policy

Raghav Gaiha

University of Delhi - Department of Economics; Australian National University (ANU)

Manoj K. Pandey

Australian National University (ANU)

Shylashri Shankar

Center for Policy Research

Date Written: January 12, 2011

Abstract

India’s National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) has been hailed as one of the country’s most creative social initiatives. Since the program was begun only recently (in 2004-05) there is a need to assess its impact on households not just in one year but over time. To the best of our knowledge there are no studies of the latter kind. Using a unique panel data set for 2007-08 and 2009-10 for the Indian state of Rajasthan, this paper analyzes the transitions into and out of the National Rural Employment Guarantee. It models the impact of such transitions on earnings of workers as well the determinants of such transitions. Several policy conclusions are also advanced.

Suggested Citation

Jha, Raghbendra and Gaiha, Raghav and Pandey, Manoj Kumar and Shankar, Shylashri, Switches Into and Out of NREGS: A Panel Data Analysis for Rajasthan (January 12, 2011). ASARC Working Paper No. 2011/02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2083354 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2083354

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Raghav Gaiha

University of Delhi - Department of Economics ( email )

Delhi-110007
India

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Manoj Kumar Pandey

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Development Policy Centre
Crawford School of Public Policy
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Shylashri Shankar

Center for Policy Research ( email )

Dharma Marg
Chanakyapuri
New Delhi, 110022
India

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