Social safety nets and nutrient deprivation: An analysis of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Program and the Public Distribution System in India

Raghbendra Jha, Sambit Bhattacharyya, Raghav Gaiha

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    Abstract

    Using primary data collected during 2007-08 we examine nutritional status with respect to two macronutrients as well as various micronutrients of rural households in three Indian states: Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan and find serious deficiencies in regard to these nutrients in all three states. The impact of two policy interventions (NREG and PDS) on nutrient intake is considered and significant impacts are discovered. The impact effects of a change in these policy measures are also computed. Finally, to assess the impact on undernutrition, both the nutrient-income relation and how the proportions of undernourished vary are considered.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)189-201
    JournalJournal of Asian Economics
    Volume22
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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