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 adultsÂ 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 childrenâ€™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 childrenâ€™s cognition, including but not restricted to motherâ€™s employment and potentially enhanced household socioeconomic status.Â
Type of Presentation: Individual poster
Presentation Area: Economics
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Presenter(s): Venkatesh, Nethra
Class Year(s): 2013
Sponsor(s): Maluccio, John A.