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Does working with spouses make teams more productive? A field experiment in India using NREGA

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  • Munro, Alistair
  • Verschoor, Arjan
  • Dubey, Amaresh

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In Uttar Pradesh, teams of four are engaged to dig soil under the NREGA programme. In one treatment spouses work together; in the other treatment they work in separate teams. Working with spouses is associated with significantly higher output.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 118 (2013)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 506-508

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:118:y:2013:i:3:p:506-508

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Keywords: Marriage; Household experiment; India; NREGA; Labor productivity;

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  1. Shreyasee Das & Abhilasha Singh, 2013. "The Impact of Temporary Work Guarantee Programs on Children's Education: Evidence from the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Guarantee Act from India," Working Papers 13-03, UW-Whitewater, Department of Economics.

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