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Why Guarantee Employment? Evidence from a Large Indian Public-Works Program. A new GLO Discussion Paper.

A new GLO Discussion Paper reveals the positive effects of a large Indian public works program showing that there is little evidence of a crowding out of private-sector jobs and that it functions as a safety net and encourages risk-taking.

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GLO Discussion Paper No. 504, 2020

Why Guarantee Employment? Evidence from a Large Indian Public-Works Program – Download PDF
Zimmermann, Laura

GLO Fellow Laura Zimmermann

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Author Abstract: Most countries around the world implement some form of a safety net program for poor households. A widespread concern is that such programs crowd out private-sector jobs. But they could also improve workers’ welfare by allowing them to take on more risk, for example through self-employment. This paper analyzes the employment impacts of the world’s largest public-works program using a novel regression-discontinuity design. The analysis exploits detailed institutional information to describe the allocation formula of the program and to construct a benefit calculator that predicts early and late treatment of districts. The results show that there is little evidence of a crowding out of private-sector jobs. Instead, the scheme functions as a safety net after a bad rainfall shock. Male workers also take on more risk by moving into family employment. This self-revealed preference for a different type of job suggests other potential benefits of safety net programs which so far have received little attention in the literature.

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EBES conference in Rome: GLO President Zimmermann delivers keynote on migration

The Global Labor Organization (GLO) and the Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES) are collaborating organizations. The keynote of the 22. EBES Conference on 24 May 2017 at Sapienza University in Rome will be delivered by  Klaus F. Zimmermann. The session will be chaired by Giuseppe Ciccarone, the Dean of the Faculty of Economics of Sapienza University. Zimmermann will speak about

“Migration for Development: From Challenges to Opportunities”.

Klaus F. Zimmermann, Princeton University and UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University, is also the President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO). The background paper to the keynote has been made available as GLO Discussion Paper No. 70.

Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES) was founded in early 2008 as a truly global organization. EBES brings together worldwide researchers and professionals in the areas of business and economics, encourages scholars, provides network opportunities for conference attendees to foster long-lasting academic co-operations and offers publication opportunities. In its successful work, EBES benefits from its high-ranked advisory board which consists of well-known academicians from all over the world. EBES has two academic journals which are both published by Springer: Eurasian Economic Review (EAER) and Eurasian Business Review (EABR)EAER focuses on economics and finance, while EABR deals with industry and business issues. Both journals are also supporting organizations of the GLO.