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Seminar Series: Sonalde Desai, Sociology, University of Maryland

India's Public Works Program as a Catalyst for Rural Transformation
When Sep 14, 2015
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
Attendees Luoman Bao
Alok Bhargava
Paul Jacob Bueno De
Esha Chatterjee
Brittany Dernberger
Zhiyong Lin
Ui Jeong Moon
Rianna Murray
Lea Pessin
Cristia Sanchez Montesinos
Liana Sayer
Yuying Tong
Reeve Vanneman
Moriah Willow
Riley Wilson
Fatima Zahra
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About the Talk

In 2005, India passed landmark legislation under which 100 days of work is guaranteed to any rural household interested in manual labor. This program has inspired great passion from both the left and the right. For Right to Work movement, this is a panacea for rural distress. In contrast, many policymakers and economists are concerned about the economic burden of the program and its unintended consequences for rural labor markets.

Using unique panel data from India Human Development Survey, conducted before and after the implementation of the program, this seminar will examine both participation in and consequences of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

About the Speaker

Sonalde Desai

Sonalde Desai is a demographer whose work deals primarily with social inequalities in developing countries with a particular focus on gender and class inequalities. She studies inequalities in education, employment and maternal and child health outcomes by locating them within the political economy of the region. While much of her research focuses on South Asia, she has also engaged in comparative studies across Asia, Latin America and Sub Saharan Africa. She has published articles in a wide range of sociological and demographic journals including American Sociological Review, Demography, Population and Development Review and Feminist Studies.

Visit Professor Sonalde's webpage

Please note that, at the present time, Morrill Hall is not accessible for handicapped individuals.


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