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Determinants and Persistence of benefits from the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme: Panel Data Analysis for Rajasthan, India


  • Raghbendra Jha


  • Rahgav Gaiha
  • Manoj K. Pandey


  • Shylashri Shankar


ndia's National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) has been hailed as one of the country's most creative social initiatives. Since the program was begun only recently (in 2004-05) there is a need to assess household access to this program and persistence of benefits to households not just in one year but over time. Using a unique panel data set for 2007-08 and 2009-10 for the Indian state of Rajasthan, this paper analyzes the transitions into and out of the NREGS. It models the impact of such transitions on earnings of workers as well the determinants of such transitions. To the best of our knowledge this is the first study of this kind. Several policy conclusions are advanced.

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  • Raghbendra Jha & Rahgav Gaiha & Manoj K. Pandey & Shylashri Shankar, 2013. "Determinants and Persistence of benefits from the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme: Panel Data Analysis for Rajasthan, India," ASARC Working Papers 2013-02, The Australian National University, Australia South Asia Research Centre.
  • Handle: RePEc:pas:asarcc:2013-02

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    National Rural Employment Guarantee; Panel data; labor earnings;

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    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • H53 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Welfare Programs
    • J68 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Public Policy
    • J80 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - General
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development

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