A Friend Indeed: Does the Use of Biometric Digital Identity Make Welfare Programs Counter Cyclical?

Agarwal, S and Prasad, S P and Sharma, N and Tantri, P L (2018) A Friend Indeed: Does the Use of Biometric Digital Identity Make Welfare Programs Counter Cyclical? Working Paper. SSRN. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

We examine the responsiveness of the world's largest workfare program to distress and ask whether a techno-administrative intervention involving biometric digital identity enabled direct transfer of benefits makes any difference. Wage payment delays, which where high before the intervention, reduce significantly after the intervention. In line with the thesis that delays are more costly and their reduction more beneficial during distress, we find a reduction in demand and supply of jobs during times of economic stress in the pre-intervention period and an increase in demand and supply of jobs during times of economic stress in the post intervention period.

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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Prasad, S PUNSPECIFIED
Sharma, NUNSPECIFIED
Tantri, P LUNSPECIFIED
Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: MNREGA, MNREGS, Economic distress, Anti-Poverty programs, Welfare economics
Subjects: Economics
Depositing User: Ilayaraja M
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2019 18:27
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 18:27
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/1203
Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3201746
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