Workfare and infant health: evidence from India's public works program

Chari, A V, Glick, Peter, Okeke, Edward and Srinivasan, Sinduja V (2019) Workfare and infant health: evidence from India's public works program. Journal of Development Economics, 138. pp. 116-134. ISSN 0304-3878

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This paper examines the relationship between maternal employment and infant health in the context of a large workfare program that explicitly prioritizes female participation, India's National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. Using multiple estimation strategies including a triple difference strategy that exploits a discontinuity in program eligibility at age 18, we find that the program had negative impacts on newborn infant survival, increasing newborn mortality among women who were eligible to participate in the program.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Amalavoyal Chari
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2019 16:40
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2019 14:30

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