The impact of India's rural employment guarantee on demand for agricultural technology
No 1381, IFPRI discussion papers from International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
This paper investigates whether this increase in the opportunity cost of agricultural labor incentivizes farm owners to adopt labor-saving agricultural technology. Using a regression discontinuity design and new Indian agricultural census data, this paper finds that NREGA causes a shift of roughly 20 percentage points away from labor-intensive technologies toward labor-saving ones, particularly for small farmers and low-powered technologies.
Keywords: technology adoption; labor markets; Poverty; rural areas; subsidies; Agricultural development; welfare; employment; social protection; social safety nets; Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Working Paper: The Impact of India's Rural Employment Guarantee on Demand for Agricultural Technology (2014)
Working Paper: The Impact of India’s Rural Employment Guarantee on Demand for Agricultural Technology (2013)
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