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Poverty, undernutrition and vulnerability in rural India: role of rural public works and food for work programmes

  • Katsushi S. Imai

This paper analyses the effects of access to Rural Public Works (RPW) or Food for Work programme (FFW) on consumption poverty, vulnerability and undernutrition in India using the large household data sets constructed by the National Sample Survey for 1993 and 2004. The treatment-effects model is used to take account of sample selection bias in evaluating the effects of RPW in 1993 or FFW in 2004 on poverty. We have found significant and negative effects of participation in RPW and the Food for Work Programme on poverty, undernutrition (e.g. protein) and vulnerability in 1993 and 2004.

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Volume (Year): 25 (2011)
Issue (Month): 6 (November)
Pages: 669-691

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