Friday, November 08, 2013

A recent study of NREGA

Via Chris Blattman From the abstract "This paper seeks to answer the question whether the Indian National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, designed as social insurance, can mitigate the effect of income shocks on insurgency violence in India and thus affect the dynamics of conflict. ...I show that the introduction of NREGA has reduced the rainfall dependency of conflict.... I show that NREGA take-up is highly rainfall-dependant; furthermore, I fi nd some evidence that NREGA functions as a stabiliser to agricultural wages, in light of rainfall shocks." 

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