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General Equilibrium Effects of (Improving) Public Employment Programs: Experimental Evidence from India

Karthik Muralidharan, Paul Niehaus, Sandip Sukhtankar

NBER Working Paper No. 23838
Issued in September 2017, Revised in January 2018

---- Acknowledgments ----

We thank David Atkin, Abhijit Banerjee, Prashant Bharadwaj, Gordon Dahl, Taryn Dinkelman, Roger Gordon, Gordon Hanson, Clement Imbert, Supreet Kaur, Dan Keniston, Aprajit Mahajan, Edward Miguel, Ben Moll, Dilip Mookherjee, Mark Rosenzweig and participants in various seminars for comments and suggestions. We are grateful to officials of the Government of Andhra Pradesh, including Reddy Subrahmanyam, Koppula Raju, Shamsher Singh Rawat, Raghunandan Rao, G Vijaya Laxmi, AVV Prasad, Kuberan Selvaraj, Sanju, Kalyan Rao, and Madhavi Rani; as well as Gulzar Natarajan for their continuous support of the Andhra Pradesh Smartcard Study. We are also grateful to officials of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) including Nandan Nilekani, Ram Sevak Sharma, and R Srikar for their support. We thank Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Ravi Marri, Ramanna, and Shubra Dixit for their help in providing us with administrative data. This paper would not have been possible without the continuous efforts and inputs of the J-PAL/UCSD project team including Kshitij Batra, Prathap Kasina, Piali Mukhopadhyay, Michael Kaiser, Frances Lu, Raghu Kishore Nekanti, Matt Pecenco, Surili Sheth, and Pratibha Shrestha. Finally, we thank the Omidyar Network (especially Jayant Sinha, CV Madhukar, Surya Mantha, and Sonny Bardhan) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (especially Dan Radcliffe) for the financial support that made this study possible. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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