Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay is an Associate Professor in the department of economics at the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi. He was awarded his Ph.D. in economics from The Pennsylvania State University in 2004. His primary specialisation is in empirical research methods applied to topics relating to education, health, and labour in developing countries (especially India). Recent topics of research include economic effects of HIV-AIDS and cancer, the impact of better school infrastructure on rural schooling attendance, and implementation and effects of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.
Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme: Falling demand or funds crunch?
08 Aug 2012
The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) – India’s flagship job guarantee scheme - provides every rural household in India with a guaranteed 100 days of work in a year at minimum wage on public projects. Yet many commentators argue that there is falling demand among rural workers for these jobs. This article challenges this view and calls on better data collection to avoid wrongly taking away the right to work.
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