Short-term Migration Rural Workfare Programs and Urban Labor Markets - Evidence from India
Clément Imbert and
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The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) from University of Warwick, Department of Economics
This paper provides some of the first evidence that rural development policies can have fundamental effects on the reallocation of labor between rural and urban areas. It studies the spillover effects of the world's largest rural workfare program, India's rural employment guarantee. We find that the workfare program has substantial con¬sequences: 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 elas¬ticity of unskilled wages with respect to short-term migration is high (-0.7).
Keywords: internal migration; workfare programs; spillover effects; india (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H53 J61 O15 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Working Paper: Short-term Migration Rural Workfare Programs and Urban Labor Markets - Evidence from India (2016)
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