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Evaluating Workfare When the Work Is Unpleasant : Evidence for India’s National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme

dc.contributor.author Lagrange, Arthur Alik
dc.contributor.author Ravallion, Martin
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-04T21:55:10Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-04T21:55:10Z
dc.date.issued 2012-11
dc.description.abstract Prevailing practices in evaluating workfare programs have ignored the disutility of the type of work done, with theoretically ambiguous implications for the impacts on poverty. In the case of India's National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, past assessments have relied solely on household consumption per person as the measure of economic welfare. The paper generalizes this measure to allow for the disutility of casual manual work. The new measure is calibrated to the distribution of the preference parameters implied by maximization of an idiosyncratic welfare function assuming that there is no rationing of the available work. The adjustment implies a substantially more "poor-poor" incidence of participation in the scheme than suggested by past methods. However, the overall impacts on poverty are lower, although still positive. The main conclusions are robust to a wide range of alternative parameter values and to allowing for involuntary unemployment using a sample of (self-declared) un-rationed workers. en
dc.identifier http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2012/11/16981158/evaluating-workfare-work-unpleasant-evidence-indias-national-rural-employment-guarantee-scheme
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10986/12113
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher World Bank, Washington, DC
dc.relation.ispartofseries Policy Research Working Paper; No. 6272
dc.rights CC BY 3.0 IGO
dc.rights.holder World Bank
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo/
dc.subject ADULT MALE
dc.subject ANTI-POVERTY
dc.subject ANTI-POVERTY PROGRAM
dc.subject BASE YEAR
dc.subject CHANGES IN POVERTY
dc.subject CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE
dc.subject DAILY WAGE
dc.subject DECOMPOSABLE POVERTY
dc.subject DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS
dc.subject DEVELOPMENT POLICY
dc.subject EMPLOYMENT GUARANTEE
dc.subject EMPLOYMENT GUARANTEE SCHEME
dc.subject FAMINE
dc.subject FARM PRODUCTIVITY
dc.subject FARMER
dc.subject FUNCTIONAL FORMS
dc.subject GINI COEFFICIENT
dc.subject GROSS WAGES
dc.subject HIGH WAGE
dc.subject HIGHER INEQUALITY
dc.subject HOUSEHOLD CHARACTERISTICS
dc.subject HOUSEHOLD CONSUMPTION
dc.subject HOUSEHOLD CONSUMPTION PER CAPITA
dc.subject HOUSEHOLD SIZE
dc.subject HOUSEHOLD SURVEYS
dc.subject IMPACT ON POVERTY
dc.subject INCIDENCE OF POVERTY
dc.subject INCOME
dc.subject INCOME DISTRIBUTION
dc.subject INCOME GAINS
dc.subject INEQUALITY
dc.subject INEQUALITY MEASURES
dc.subject INVOLUNTARY UNEMPLOYMENT
dc.subject JOBS
dc.subject LABOR MARKETS
dc.subject LABOR SUPPLY
dc.subject LABOUR
dc.subject LORENZ CURVE
dc.subject MANUAL LABOR
dc.subject MEASUREMENT OF POVERTY
dc.subject MINIMUM WAGE
dc.subject POOR
dc.subject POOR COUNTRIES
dc.subject POOR PEOPLE
dc.subject POORER PEOPLE
dc.subject POVERTY GAP
dc.subject POVERTY IMPACT
dc.subject POVERTY LINE
dc.subject POVERTY LINES
dc.subject POVERTY MEASURES
dc.subject POVERTY PROGRAMS
dc.subject POVERTY RATE
dc.subject PRIVATE MARKET
dc.subject PRIVATE SECTOR
dc.subject PSE
dc.subject PUBLIC SPENDING
dc.subject PUBLIC WORKS
dc.subject REAL WAGE
dc.subject REGULAR JOB
dc.subject RIGHT TO WORK
dc.subject RURAL
dc.subject RURAL AREAS
dc.subject RURAL EMPLOYMENT
dc.subject RURAL HOUSEHOLDS
dc.subject RURAL LABOR
dc.subject RURAL LABOR MARKET
dc.subject RURAL POOR
dc.subject RURAL POVERTY
dc.subject RURAL PUBLIC
dc.subject SELF-EMPLOYMENT
dc.subject SOCIAL PROGRAMS
dc.subject SQUARED POVERTY GAP INDEX
dc.subject SUPPLIERS
dc.subject TARGETING
dc.subject TOTAL WAGES
dc.subject TRANSFER BENEFITS
dc.subject UNEMPLOYMENT
dc.subject WAGE INCREASE
dc.subject WAGE RATE
dc.subject WAGES
dc.subject WEALTH
dc.subject WELFARE INDICATOR
dc.subject WELFARE MEASURE
dc.subject WORKERS
dc.subject WORKING DAYS
dc.title Evaluating Workfare When the Work Is Unpleasant : Evidence for India’s National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme en
dspace.entity.type Publication
okr.crosscuttingsolutionarea Jobs
okr.date.disclosure 2012-11-01
okr.doctype Publications & Research :: Policy Research Working Paper
okr.doctype Publications & Research
okr.docurl http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2012/11/16981158/evaluating-workfare-work-unpleasant-evidence-indias-national-rural-employment-guarantee-scheme
okr.globalpractice Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management
okr.globalpractice Social Protection and Labor
okr.globalpractice Poverty
okr.identifier.doi 10.1596/1813-9450-6272
okr.identifier.externaldocumentum 000158349_20121120153304
okr.identifier.internaldocumentum 16981158
okr.identifier.report WPS6272
okr.language.supported en
okr.region.administrative South Asia
okr.region.country India
okr.sector Health and other social services :: Other social services
okr.theme Economic management :: Analysis of economic growth
okr.theme Social protection and risk management :: Poverty strategy, analysis and monitoring
okr.topic Social Protections and Labor :: Labor Markets
okr.topic Services & Transfers to Poor
okr.topic Poverty Reduction :: Rural Poverty Reduction
okr.topic Economic Theory & Research
okr.topic Macroeconomics and Economic Growth
okr.volume 1 of 1
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