Body Mass Index, Participation, Duration of Work and Earnings Under NREGS: Evidence from Rajasthan

ASARC Working Paper No. 2011/06

27 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)

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Date Written: 2011

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Body Mass Index, National Rural Employment Guarantee, Participation, India

JEL Classification: C21, D31, D63, H53

Suggested Citation

Jha, Raghbendra and Gaiha, Raghav and Pandey, Manoj Kumar, Body Mass Index, Participation, Duration of Work and Earnings Under NREGS: Evidence from Rajasthan (2011). ASARC Working Paper No. 2011/06. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2083357 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2083357

Raghbendra Jha (Contact Author)

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Crawford School of Public Policy

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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

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