Presentation Title: Workfare, Caste and Cognition: Did India's employment guarantee scheme reduce caste disparities in children's cognition?

Section: Poster Session Group 2 2

Location: , Great Hall

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 2:45pm - 3:30pm


Caste has always been a major factor underlying social stratification in India, and caste-based discrimination continues to be the basis for several controversial issues even today. One such area where the effects of caste have been found to percolate has been through disparities in the cognitive development of children. The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) was implemented in 2005 as a way to promote and provide livelihood security to rural adults in particular. For my senior thesis in Economics, I look at the effect that this scheme has had in indirectly reducing the caste gaps that plague children’s cognitive development. Using longitudinal survey data from the Young Lives studies in the state of Andhra Pradesh in Southern India, I focus particularly on the channels through which NREGS could potentially have had this effect on children’s cognition, including but not restricted to mother’s employment and potentially enhanced household socioeconomic status. 

Type of Presentation: Individual poster

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Presenter Information
Presenter(s): Venkatesh, Nethra
Major(s): Economics
Class Year(s): 2013

Sponsor(s): Maluccio, John A.
Dept(s): Economics

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