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"Capture" of anti-poverty programs: An analysis of the national rural employment guarantee program in India

Jha, Raghbendra; Bhattacharyya, Sambit; Gaiha, Raghav; Shankar, Shylashri


Using pooled household level data for the Indian states of Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh we find that the size of landholdings is a negative predictor of participation in the National Rural Employment Guarantee Program (NREGP). In state level analysis this pattern survives in Rajasthan but reverses in Andhra Pradesh where we notice a positive relationship. This paper examines whether this sign reversal in Andhra Pradesh is indicative of program capture in Andhra Pradesh and better targeting in...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Asian Economics
DOI: 10.1016/j.asieco.2009.03.003


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