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Welfare and poverty impacts of India's national rural employment guarantee scheme : evidence from Andhra Pradesh, Volume 1
 
Author:Deininger, Klaus; Liu, Yanyan; Country:India;
Date Stored:2013/07/24Document Date:2013/07/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Poverty Monitoring & Analysis; Rural Poverty Reduction; Housing & Human Habitats; Labor Policies; Labor Markets
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:Public Administration, Law, and Justice; Agriculture, fishing, and forestry; Finance
Rel. Proj ID:1W-Land Policies For Growth And Poverty Reduction: Moving Towards -- -- P095390;Region:South Asia
Report Number:WPS6543Sub Sectors:General agriculture, fishing and forestry sector; General public administration sector; Housing finance
Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6543TF No/Name:TF095610-Computerization; TF096734-Impact Evaluation of Land Tenure Regularization in Rwanda; TF097647-India Gendered impacts of NREGA; TF098730-BNPP-GENDER; TF092028-GENDER; TF091533-GENDER; TF091531-GENDER; TF092663-EVALUATING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SUSTAINABLE LAND MANAGEMENT INTERVENTIO; TF098469-New Approaches to securing land tenure in Sub-Saharan Africa
Volume No:1  

Summary: This paper uses a three-round 4,000-household panel from Andhra Pradesh together with administrative data to explore short and medium-term poverty and welfare effects of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. Triple difference estimates suggest that participants significantly increase consumption (protein and energy intake) in the short run and accumulate more nonfinancial assets in the medium term. Direct benefits exceed program-related transfers and are most pronounced for scheduled castes and tribes and households supplying casual labor. Asset creation via program-induced land improvements is consistent with a medium-term increase in assets by nonparticipants and increases in wage income in excess of program cost.

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