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Rajshri Jayaraman

Working Paper

Impact of school feeding on cognitive skills: Evidence from India's midday meal scheme

CESifo Working Paper Series
Tanika Chakraborty, Rajshri Jayaraman (2016)
Abstract:
Subject(s): Economics, politics and business environment
Keyword(s): School feeding, learning, midday meal, primary school education
JEL Code(s): I210, I250, O120

Working Paper

Defaults and donations: Evidence from a field experiment

CESifo Working Paper Series
Steffen Altmann, Armin Falk, Paul Heidhues, Rajshri Jayaraman (2014)
Abstract:
Subject(s): Economics, politics and business environment
Keyword(s): Default options, charitable giving, online platforms, field experiment
JEL Code(s): C93, D03, D64

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Working Paper

Anatomy of a Contract Change (Working Paper entitled: Productivity response to contract change)

NBER Working Paper
Published in American Economic Review 106(2): 316–358.
Rajshri Jayaraman, Debraj Ray, Francis de Vericourt (2014)
Abstract:
Subject(s): Economics, politics and business environment
Keyword(s): Labor contracts, incentives, behavioral economics, plantations
JEL Code(s): D23, J33, L25

Working Paper

Linear social interactions models

NBER Working Paper
Published in Journal of Political Economy 123(2): 444–496.
Lawrence E. Blume, William A. Brock, Steven N. Durlauf, Rajshri Jayaraman (2013)
Abstract:
Subject(s): Economics, politics and business environment
Keyword(s): social interactions, identification, incomplete information games
JEL Code(s): C21, C23, C31, C35, C72, Z13
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Working Paper

Gender differentials in the seeking of eye care

International Growth Centre
Rajshri Jayaraman, Debraj Ray, Shing-Yi Wang (2013)
Abstract:
Subject(s): Economics, politics and business environment, Health and environment

ESMT Working Paper

The impact of school lunches on primary school enrollment: Evidence from India's midday meal scheme

ESMT Working Paper
Published in Scandinavian Journal of Economics 117(4): 1176–1203.
Abstract:
Subject(s): Economics, politics and business environment
Keyword(s): primary school enrollment, school lunches, natural experiment, ITT

At the end of 2001, the Indian Supreme Court issued a directive ordering states to institute school lunches – known locally as "midday meals" – in government primary schools. This paper provides a large-scale assessment of the enrollment effects of India's midday meal scheme, which offers warm lunches, free of cost, to 120 million primary school children across India and is the largest school feeding program in the world. To isolate the causal effect of the policy, we make use of staggered implementation across Indian states in government but not private schools. Using a panel data set of almost 500,000 schools observed annually from 2002 to 2004, we find that midday meals result in substantial increases in primary school enrollment, driven by early primary school responses to the program. Our results are robust to a wide range of specification tests.

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ESMT Working Paper

The effect of adversity on process innovations and managerial incentives

ESMT Working Paper
Benoit Dostie, Rajshri Jayaraman (2009)
Abstract:
Subject(s): Economics, politics and business environment
Keyword(s): process innovation, managerial incentives, efficiency, natural experiment
JEL Code(s): L20, O31, M52, J33

This paper asks whether adversity spurs the introduction of process innovations and increases the use of managerial incentives by firms. Using a large panel data set of workplaces in Canada, our identification strategy relies on exogenous variation in adversity arising from increased border security along the 49th parallel following 9/11. Our longitudinal difference-in-differences estimates indicate that firms responded to adversity by introducing new or improved processes, but did not change their use of managerial incentives. These results suggest that the threat of bankruptcy may provide impetus for improving efficiency.

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ESMT Working Paper

Organizational redesign, information technologies and workplace productivity

ESMT Working Paper
Published in B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy 12(1): 1–39.
Benoit Dostie, Rajshri Jayaraman (2008)
Abstract:
Subject(s): Economics, politics and business environment
Keyword(s): Organizational capital, IT, computers, workplace productivity, matched employer-employee data
JEL Code(s): D20, L20, M54, O33

Using a large longitudinal, nationally representative workplace-level dataset, we explore the productivity gains associated with computer use and organizational redesign. The empirical strategy involves the estimation of a production function, augmented to account for technology use and organizational design, correcting for unobserved heterogeneity. We find large returns associated with computer use. We also find that computer use and organizational redesign may be complements or substitutes in production, and that the productivity gains associated with organizational redesign are industry-specific.

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