Yanyan Liu is a research fellow in International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and an adjunct assistant professor at Cornell University. Yanyan received a joint Ph.D. in Economics and Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University in 2006. Her dissertation examined determinants of maize productivity in Kenya and studied valuation of agricultural insurance. Since receiving her Ph.D. she has worked for RTI International, and for the Development Research Group at the World Bank. Her current research includes impact evaluation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGA) in India, economic transformation in Asia, fertiliser subsidy in Malawi, and sustainability and performance of women Self-Help Groups in India.
Politics and MNREGA: A limited Link in Andhra Pradesh
19 Nov 2014
The Ministry of Rural Development claims that MNREGA needs to be changed in order to reduce politics and corruption in the scheme. One of the studies cited by the Ministry is an analysis of the extent of political manipulation of MNREGA funds in Andhra Pradesh. In this column, the authors of the study assert that while politics may influence programme expenditure in some places and to a small extent, this is not universally true and does not undermine the effective targeting and good work of the scheme at large.
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