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Subhasish Dey
University of York
Subhasish Dey is Assistant Professor of Economics at New College of the Humanities, London. He holds a Ph.D. from University of Manchester, UK. He has also been a research associate at Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI) and Effective State and Inclusive Development (ESID), at University of Manchester and UNU-WIDER, Helsinki. By training, he is a development micro economist with special focus on micro econometric analysis of household level issues, social protection, and government intervention on poverty alleviation programmes. His current research projects are focused on household level impact and political economy of India’s flagship programme – Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA). Previously he studied at University of Calcutta, India and Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands. Before joining Manchester, he worked for more than five years with Government of West Bengal in DFID and UNDP funded programmes in rural districts. He has conducted several impact evaluation studies of government programmes with primary surveyed data.

Articles By Subhasish Dey
Do Gram Panchayat leaders favour their own constituencies in MNREGA fund allocation?
Posted On: 19 Dec 2016

Topics:   Political Economy

Political incentives are known to play a role in the allocation of public resources from upper- to lower-tier governments. This column seeks to examine whether ruling parties in local governments favour their own constituencies in allocating MNREGA funds, if they target their core supporters or swing voters, and if this has any electoral returns.
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Can MNREGA improve credit worthiness of participating households?
Posted On: 11 Apr 2014

Based on household survey data from West Bengal, this column analyses the impact of MNREGA on economic outcomes of participating households. It finds that the ‘local’, ‘guaranteed’ and ‘government-related’ nature of MNREGA work helps improve credibility of workers with potential lenders such as grocery store owners, if they participate in the programme in a sustained manner. Access to informal credit helps improve consumption.
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