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

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  • Alistair Munro

    (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies)

  • Arjan Verschoor

    (School of International Development, University of East Anglia)

  • Amaresh Dubey

    (Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University)

Abstract

An important question in labour economics is whether the presence in a work environment of friends or relations lowers or raises productivity. We examine the question using evidence from a simple field experiment in Uttar Pradesh, India with married wives and husbands. Teams of four are engaged to dig soil under the NREGA programme. In one treatment husbands and wives work together; in the other treatment they work in separate teams. We find that working with spouses is associated with significantly higher productivity.

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Paper provided by National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in its series GRIPS Discussion Papers with number 12-09.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2012
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Handle: RePEc:ngi:dpaper:12-09

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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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