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A recent article in the Times of India by Dilip Abreu, Pranab Bardhan, Maitreesh Ghatak, Ashok Kotwal, Dilip Mookherjee and Debraj Ray poses a rational argument against phasing out the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. Here are some of the excerpts from...Read More..


Check out the new photos of life in rural Sitapur posted on the photos tab! Many thanks to Aashish, who among many others things, takes wonderful pictures for rice! He rode around the villages near our house early one morning...Read More..


Introducing the NIMNS data!

By Diane Coffey, on December 6th, 2012

We are proud to announce that the data from the Northwest India Migration and NREGA Study have been posted under the data tab for public use. Check it out for more information! We would especially like to thank Professor Pulugurtha...Read More..


A tussle for job cards

By Avinash Kishore, on May 18th, 2012

Two weeks ago I wrote how denying job cards seems to be one of the ways used to deny employment guarantee under NREGA. Legally, a job card has to be issued to anyone who applies for it within 15 days...Read More..


In the last post, we saw how more than half of all rural households (55%) who wanted to work under NREGA, did not get even a days work in year 2009-10. All these households are entitled to unemployment allowance under...Read More..


Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGA) is the largest anti-poverty program in India’s history and in the history of the developing world. Government of India allocated $8 billion (Rs. 400 billion) to NREGA in 2011-12--30% more than the...Read More..

Happy Valentine’s Day! This is a holiday that doesn’t really exist here in conservative, rural Uttar Pradesh. I was able to find a Valentine’s card in Lucknow last week, when I was visiting the state UNICEF office.The holiday was an...Read More..


For this post, I’d like to share a paper that I just read by Anil Deolalikar, published in 1988 in the Review of Economics and Statistics entitled “Nutrition and Labor Productivity in Agriculture: Estimates for Rural South India.” Deolalikar’s article...Read More..