Short-term Migration Rural Workfare Programs and Urban Labor Markets - Evidence from India
Clément Imbert and
No 269578, Economic Research Papers from University of Warwick - Department of Economics
This paper provides some of the rst evidence that rural development policies can have fundamental eects on the reallocation of labor between rural and urban areas. It studies the spillover eects of the world's largest rural workfare program, India's rural employment guarantee. We nd that the workfare program has substantial consequences: it reduces short-term (or seasonal) migration to urban areas by 9% and increases wages for manual, short-term work in urban areas by 6%. The implied elasticity of unskilled wages with respect to short-term migration is high (-0.7).
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