Is MGNREGS just digging holes and filling them up?3 min read 22 Sep 2017, 05:58 PM IST
Assured employment under MGNREGS offers real gains in earnings, which are also used to acquire productive assets
Public works programmes are useful for stimulating mass demand in an economy. But do they have any other benefits? A joint paper by Karthik Muralidharan and Paul Niehaus, associate professors of economics at University of California, San Diego, and Sandeep Sukhantar, an associate professor of economics at University of Virginia, looks at the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) between 2010 and 2012 in Andhra Pradesh to answer this question.