Labor Market Impacts of a Large-Scale Public Works Program: Evidence from the Indian Employment Guarantee Scheme

54 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2012

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Laura Zimmermann

IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University of Oxford

Abstract

Recent years have seen an increasing interest in using public-works programs as anti-poverty measures in developing countries. This paper analyzes the rural labor market impacts of the Indian National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, one of the most ambitious programs of its kind, by using a regression discontinuity design. I find that private-sector wages increase substantially for women, but not for men, and that these effects are concentrated during the main agricultural season. In contrast, there is little evidence for negative private employment effects.

Keywords: public works program, National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, NREGA, NREGS, India, regression discontinuity design

JEL Classification: H53, I38, J22, J23, J38

Suggested Citation

Zimmermann, Laura, Labor Market Impacts of a Large-Scale Public Works Program: Evidence from the Indian Employment Guarantee Scheme. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6858, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2158000

Laura Zimmermann (Contact Author)

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