Jan 28, 2013

Productivity and working with spouses (India)

In Uttar Pradesh, teams of four are engaged to dig soil under the NREGA programme [National Rural Employment Guarantee Act]. In one treatment spouses work together; in the other treatment they work in separate teams. Working with spouses is associated with significantly higher output.
Te authors conclude
We find that teams with paired couples consistently outperform teams where spouses are separated from their partners. The output gap between the two systems is large, by approximately 50%.
Source: Munro, Verschoor, & Dubey (Economic Letters, March 2013). A draft (September 2012) is here

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