Finding holes in the social safety net

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Where there’s high economic growth and widespread under-nutrition, such as in India, we can’t assume that the implementation of workfare programs and food subsidies will actually improve nutrition. What if there is an in-built bias in workfare programs to select more nourished participants? And do these participants earn more through the programs than those who are less nourished? The answers lie in analysing the real income transfers resulting from the programs, and the impact they have on the intake of specific macro and micro nutrients by participants.

Raghbendra Jha

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