Capture of Anti-poverty Programs: An Analysis of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Program in India

Raghbendra, Jha, Bhattacharyya, Sambit, Raghav, Gaiha and Shylashri, Shankar (2009) Capture of Anti-poverty Programs: An Analysis of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Program in India. Journal of Asian Economics, 20 (4). pp. 456-464. ISSN 1049-0078

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Abstract

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 Rajasthan. We compare land inequality, ratio of NREG and slack season agriculturalwage rates, political interference, and geographical remoteness across the two states and conclude that programcapturemay be an issue in Andhra Pradesh, largely because of these reasons.We also find evidence of complementarity between NREGP and the Public Distribution System (PDS), implying that the real income transfer through food subsidy needs supplementation.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Depositing User: Sambit Bhattacharyya
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:05
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2012 09:17
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23999
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