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Female Participation in NREGA Programme: a Comparative Study of Two Backward Districts in West Bengal, India


  • Krishna Singh

    () (University of Gour Banga)

  • Soumyendra Kishore Datta

    () (University of Burdwan)


The paper attempts to analyse female participation in National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) across the blocks in Bankura and Birbhum districts. Tabular analysis has been used to show how the scheme influences the livelihood of the rural women. Logit regression model has been used to analyse the factors determining the participation decision of rural women in NREGS. Across the surveyed districts in West Bengal, there exist wide variations in the level of women’s participation. It is found that women from Bankura District have higher levels of participation compared to those in Birbhum District. The empirical analysis used to identify the determinants of the women’s participation reveals that income from other sources, family size, education level of the women and religion are significantly associated with the participation decision of the women folk.

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  • Krishna Singh & Soumyendra Kishore Datta, 2019. "Female Participation in NREGA Programme: a Comparative Study of Two Backward Districts in West Bengal, India," The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Springer;The Indian Society of Labour Economics (ISLE), vol. 62(3), pages 499-515, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:ijlaec:v:62:y:2019:i:3:d:10.1007_s41027-019-00173-w
    DOI: 10.1007/s41027-019-00173-w

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    1. Carmen Diana Deere & Cheryl Doss, 2006. "The Gender Asset Gap: What Do We Know And Why Does It Matter?," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(1-2), pages 1-50.
    2. Caren A. Grown, 2006. "Quick Impact Initiatives For Gender Equality: A Menu of Options," Economics Working Paper Archive wp_462, Levy Economics Institute.
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    Participation; Empowerment; Employment days; Livelihood;

    JEL classification:

    • J01 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics: General
    • J18 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Public Policy
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population
    • R28 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Government Policy


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