Laura Zimmermann
University of Georgia

Laura Zimmermann is an assistant professor in the Departmentof Economics and the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia. She received her PhD and M.A. in Economics from the University ofMichigan, and a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) from theUniversity of Oxford. Her fields of interest are Development Economics, LabourEconomics, and Political Economy. Her research interests include the impacts ofpoverty-alleviation programs in developing countries, the effects of weathershocks and natural disasters, and the causes and consequences ofintra-household discrimination. Her recent work explores the labor market andpolitical economy impacts of India’s National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.Other papers and current projects focus on living arrangements and issues ofintra-household allocation of resources in India andSub-Saharan Africa, agricultural productivity in India, and early childdevelopment in Indonesia.

Articles By Laura Zimmermann
MNREGA’s impact on rural labour markets
Posted On: 14 Mar 2016

Tags:   MNREGA , wages

In this article, Laura Zimmermann, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Georgia, provides an overview of the research on the impact of the initial phase of MNREGA on rural labour markets in India. The evidence suggests that the programme has served as an important short- and long-term safety net, and has had some employment generation effects during the agricultural off-season. However, the effect on rural casual wages is less clear.

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Maoist violence and MNREGA
Posted On: 15 Apr 2015

Topics:   Jobs , Conflict

The spate of Maoist attacks on security personnel in Chhattisgarh this week serves as a reminder that Moaist insurgency is the single biggest internal security threat faced by India. This column analyses the impact of MNREGA on Maoist violence and finds a spike in police-initiated attacks on Maoists following the implementation of the job guarantee scheme in 2006. This is possibly because MNREGA provides credibility to the government’s commitment to development, making the local population more willing to share information on Maoists.
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