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


Short-term Migration and Rural Workfare Programs: Evidence from India


Clement Imbert 

Oxford University

Monday, 28th July 2014 at 3:00 PM

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

All are cordially invited

We study the effect of a large rural workfare program on short-term migration from rural to urban areas of India. Using cross-state variation in public employment provision for identification, we find that participation to the program significantly reduces short-term migration. We next use survey data from a high out migration area to estimate a structural model of migration decisions which suggests that the costs of migration may be as high as 60% of daily earnings outside of the village. Finally, we use nationally representative data to estimate the impact of the program on urban labor markets and find that wages increase in urban centers which rely on migration from rural districts where more public employment is provided.


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