ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Exploring Alternative Stratification Variables for Sampling of Households in the PLFS

The Periodic Labour Force Survey provides employment–unemployment statistics for both the rural and urban areas on an annual basis and also quarterly estimates of key employment–unemployment indicators for the urban areas. Sample households interviewed in the survey are randomly selected after due stratification of the households residing in the selected villages and urban blocks. As against the existing stratification variable, this article explores alternative variables which are likely to fare better for stratification and sampling of households in the PLFS. It also examines the sample allocation of number of households per village and urban block to different strata of households for possible refinements.

Impact of MGNREGA on Consumption Expenditure of Households

This study attempts to quantify the impact of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act programme on the level and pattern of consumption expenditure of rural households at the national level using a difference-in-differences method. The findings indicate an increase in the monthly per capita consumption expenditure of participant households and a change in their consumption patterns with the share of high-value and nutrient-rich food in their consumption basket going up. Further the participant households have also smoothened their consumption by investing in assets such as durable goods.

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