April 11 2017
At the conference, hosted by the University of Cincinnati and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Dr. Sharma presented his recent research paper titled, “Employment Guarantee Scheme and Child Health Outcomes: Evidence from MGNREGA.”
The paper examines the effect of participation in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) jobs program on the health outcomes of children. Using survey data from the second wave of the India Human Development Survey (IHDS), a nationally representative data, Dr. Sharma found that participation in the jobs program had positive impact on children’s health outcomes. Interestingly, the benefits of the program participation accrued mostly to female children. The findings of this paper have important policy implications for the role of government in reducing gender discrimination with regards to intra-household resource allocation.
Additionally,Dr. Sharma chaired a conference session on “Gender Earnings Differentials” during which he also discussed a paper entitled “The Female-Male Wage Gap-Revisited.”