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My dissertation is concerned with family welfare and economic development in India. In my first two papers, I consider the potential for India's public works program to contribute to long-term growth and poverty reduction by examining the impact on household entrepreneurship and investments in child health. The third paper analyzes the impact of increasing male earnings inequality on female marital and education outcomes.

Table of Contents

  • Essay I

    Impact of Public Works on Household Occupational Choice: Evidence from NREGS in India

  • Essay II

    Do Working Mothers Make Different Health Decisions? Evidence from India’s Public Works Program

  • Essay III

    Male Earnings Inequality and Female Marital Outcomes: Evidence from India

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This document was submitted as a dissertation in August 2014 in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the doctoral degree in public policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The faculty committee that supervised and approved the dissertation consisted of Krishna Kumar (Chair), Shanthi Nataraj, and Peter Glick.

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