Centre for Development Economics
Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics


Can the Major Public Works Policy Buffer Negative Shocks in Early Childhood?


Aparajita Dasgupta

Population Council

Thursday,  13th November 2014 at 3:00 PM

Venue : Seminar Room (First Floor)
Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics

All are cordially invited

The study examines the role of the largest public works program in the world-the National Rural  Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) – in buffering the negative effects of early childhood exposure to rainfall shocks on long-term health outcomes. Exploiting the spatial and temporal variation in NREGS coverage, the study estimates the extent to which nutritional shocks in early childhood can be offset by access to the policy. The study employs a unique identification  strategy by integrating detailed administrative records of drought shock and phase-wise roll-out information of NREGS with a household level panel data-the Young Lives survey- conducted over three waves (2002, 2007 and 2009 -10) in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. Using individual fixed effects estimation the study finds that while the policy does not help correct for long term past health deficiencies it is useful in buffering recent drought shocks, which varies by policy relevant sub-groups. 

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